A Florida man made news today after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office posted of a picture of the man sleeping on a bed in the home he was allegedly attempting to burglarize in Nokomis, Florida. The man was reportedly found with a bag of jewelry on the bed next to him. The would-be burglar is facing charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.
Although the Sheriff’s Office (and people around the country at this point) are having a good laugh at the “burglar’s” expense, burglary is a serious crime in the State of Florida that is heavily prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office. Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling is a Second Degree Felony in the State of Florida, punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison and a $10,000.00 fine.
Anyone who is arrested for Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling in Florida should speak with a Florida criminal defense attorney to discuss their options and determine the best defensive strategy – regardless of the circumstances of the arrest.
Casey Reiter is an associate attorney at Stuart R. Manoff & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and Marital Law.