Burglary of Vehicle, common referred to as BOV, is when a motor vehicle is entered or broken into in order to steal or take items without the owner's consent.
The most common Burglary of a Vehicle case and arrest involves a car window being broken or smashed in, allowing items to be grabbed and stolen from within the car. Another common arrest is checking door handles to determine whether a vehicle is unlocked, and then entering the car with the intent to steal.
Burglary of Vehicle is one of the most heavily prosecuted Misdemeanor types of cases in Travis County, outside of DWI and a case involving Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence. For this reason, a detailed analysis of the evidence is needed, as well as a well documented presentation of the person being charged -- thier family life, work life, and accomplishments that might impress a Judge and Prosecutor. Many times the battle on a Burglary of Vehicle case is trying to avoid jail time.
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Burglary of Vehicle arrests will result in jail -- and a bail bond will be required for release from Jail. An Attorney can help obtain a Personal Bond for Burglary of Vehicle by arguing to a Judge for release. This will require hiring the attorney for both the jail release and representation on the case itself; although typically the jail release fee is the deposit for representation.
Sometimes an officer will file arrest warrant for Burglary of Vehicle, which will require a Walkthrough to clear the Arrest Warrant. Doing a Walkthrough quickly is important, because most of the time a person does not go into the jail during the surrender process. Call us for more details if you have an active Travis County Arrest Warrant for Burglary of Vehicle.
Keates Law Firm can act quickly to assist with a personal bond to release that person. Be sure to read more about Bond, Personal Bonds, and Travis County Jail Releases.
If a person is caught inside of the vehicle, or nearby with items that were taken, there are probably few defenses. But many Burglary of a Vehicle cases involve group of young people, where only one or two might actually break into a car. The others in the group might be up the street, unaware. It's common in this situation for the entire group to be charged, often as an accessory or lookout. Likewise, merely possessing items that were taken from a vehicle burglary does not mean that individual actually did the burglary.
If you'd like to talk in detail about your situation, or if you have questions, contact us for a Free Case Consultation. Keep in mind, Keates Law Firm only practices in Austin and Travis County.
Hiring the right attorney from the beginning is important. Poor legal decisions will have a negative effect upon the case as it progresses. The Keates Law Firm has over 16+ Years Experience handling Burglary of Vehicle cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail.
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Goals vary, depending on a person's charge, criminal history, and other factors, but ideally, the goal should be a reduction of charges, a dismissal, or avoiding jail for any Burglary of Vehicle charge. While not every case can be dismissed, often times the goal becomes avoiding jail, or getting a reduced charge, or even getting a favorable probation with a possible dismissal at the end, called Deferred Adjudication. If dismissed, a person can later seek an Expunction of a Criminal Record, which is where a Judge Orders the offense records destroyed, including police reports, court records, and prosecutor files.
Likewise, if Deferred Adjudication is successfully completed, the person can have thier record sealed through Motions for NonDisclosure.
The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 30.04 controls Burglary of Vehicle offenses
(a) A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, he breaks into or enters a vehicle or any part of a vehicle with intent to commit any felony or theft. (b) For purposes of this section, "enter" means to intrude: (1) any part of the body; or (2) any physical object connected with the body.
|Level of Offense||Punishment||Fines|
|Class A Misdemeanor||Not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or no more than $4,000 fines|
|State jail felony||180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or no more than $10,000 fines|
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