Burglary Charges in Texas

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Burglary is a theft crime, and under Texas Statutes §30.02, "Burglary," it is charged as a felony. The crime of burglary may occur under several different circumstances, including:

  • Entering a habitation or other building which is not open to the public at the time of the offense, with the intent of committing a felony, theft or assault
  • Remaining concealed in a building or habitation with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault
  • Entering a building or habituating and committing - or attempting to commit - a felony, theft or assault

It is an element of the crime that the perpetrator enters or remains on the premises without the consent of the owner of the property.

Penalties for Burglary

The penalties for burglary in Texas depend upon the type of offense that was committed.

  • If the burglary offense is perpetrated in a building which is not a habitation, such as a store or other business, the crime is charged as a state jail felony. Possible penalties include:
    • A $10,000 fine
    • A maximum sentence of up to 180 days in jail
  • If the building in which the burglary is committed is a habitation, the offense is charged as a second-degree felony. Possible penalties include:
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
    • Up to 20 years in state prison
  • If the building that was burglarized is a habitation and the purpose of entering the home was to commit a felony other than theft - such as rape or murder - the crime will be charged as a felony in the first degree. Possible penalties include:
    • A maximum punishment of up to 99 years or life in prison.

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