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How drugs can escalate a Texas burglary case

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Burglary charges are possible when the state claims that someone illegally accessed space with the intention of committing a crime. Texas law allows the state to pursue burglary charges even when no theft actually occurs.

When someone does improperly access the property of others, the type of property involved can directly influence the charges and penalties possible. The involvement of drugs can lead to more serious charges and harsher penalties.

For example, there is a strong association between substance abuse disorders and burglary. Texas lawmakers have enacted special rules that can create heightened penalties for certain drug-related burglary cases. Anyone who is accused of burglary needs to know these rules as they prepare to respond to their charges.

What are the drug-related burglary rules in Texas?

Someone accused of committing a burglary to obtain controlled substances might face worse charges and harsher penalties than those who simply steal valuable property. Breaking into a vehicle that belongs to a prescription drug distributor with the intent to take medication automatically becomes a third-degree felony regardless of the value of the items stolen.

The state can also charge someone with third-degree felony charges if someone breaks into a pharmacy, medical clinic or similar facility with the intent of taking controlled substances. A third-degree felony can lead to between two and 10 years in prison, as well as up to $10,000 in fines.

Although the value of the items stolen will often dictate the penalties, the nature of the items targeted can also impact the charges in penalties the Texas criminal courts impose. Understanding how Texas handles drug-related burglary cases may help people better respond to a recent arrest.