Charged with Burglary of a Motor Vehicle
A typical Burglary of a Motor Vehicle or BMV is a Misdemeanor offense in Texas. BMVs can be as simple as reaching in through an open window and taking items inside of a vehicle or popping a lock or breaking a window and taking valuables in another person’s vehicle. There are certain circumstances in which the penalties can be increased under the law that could make a BMV a felony offense. Under Texas Penal Code Sec. 30.04 a person commits this offense it, without the effective consent of the owner, breaks into or enters a vehicle or any part of a vehicle with the intent to commit any felony or theft.
“Enter” for purposes of a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle is broadly defined in Texas. If any part of the body or any physical object connected with the body intrudes upon that vehicle. This even applies to a bed of a pickup truck or a tool box on a truck. Texas law has determined that if an individual takes an item from the bed of a pickup truck, this constitutes “enter” under this section, despite never making entry into the cab of a pickup truck
Attorney for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle or BMV Arrests in Fort Worth, TX
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Overview of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle Crimes in Tarrant County
- What are the degrees of offenses and penalty ranges for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle?
- Where can I learn more about burglary of a motor vehicle in Fort Worth?
Common Types of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle offenses in Fort Worth
Breaking into or entering a vehicle with the intent to commit theft is a Class A Misdemeanor. The range of punishment for a first-time conviction for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle is up to one (1) year in jail and up to a $4000 fine. If an individual has previously been convicted of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and is alleged to have committed the offense for a second time, the classification is still a Class A Misdemeanor, but the minimum range of punishment is 180 days in jail.
A Burglary of a Motor Vehicle can rise to the level of a State Jail felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that an individual has been previously convicted two or more times of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. A Burglary of a Motor Vehicle can also be a State Jail felony if the “vehicle” or part of the “vehicle” broken into or entered is a rail car. The range of punishment for this offense is no less than 180 days to 2 years in a State Jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.
A Burglary of a Motor Vehicle will be charged as a 3rd degree felony if the vehicle broken into or entered is owned or operated by a wholesale distributor of prescription drugs; or the individual breaks into or enters that vehicle with the intent to commit theft of a controlled substance. The range of punishment is increased to no less than 2 years and up to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and up to a $10,000 fine.
Texas Resources for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle
Crime Information | Fort Worth, Texas Police Department (FWPD) — On this section of the FWPD website, you can find a link to CrimeMapping.com, a website that provides the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. You can view recent Burglary of a Motor Vehicle offenses as well as other crimes committed in a specific area. You can also find quarterly and annual crime reports on this section of the FWPD website, many of which include BMV statistics.
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W. Felix St.
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Gebhardt and Eppes, PLLC | Fort Worth Burglary of a Motor Vehicle or BMV Defense Lawyer
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