Lakeland Theft Defense Lawyers and Attorneys Lawrence Shearer, PLLC have extensive experience defending against charges of burglary of all types: of residence, business, structure or vehicle.

Polk County burglary lawyer and attorney Lawrence Shearer, PLLC has successfully defended both burglary allegations of all forms.  Experience is the key.  Before selecting a defense attorney, take the time to compare experience and reputation.


Although often confused with robbery or theft, burglary is actually neither.  Burglary is a trespass crime.  Burglary is committed when someone trespasses on another’s property with the intent to commit a crime inside.  The intended crime is often Theftbut it could also be battery, sexual assault, criminal mischief, etc.  Even if the intruder failed to complete the intended crime, burglary when he entered the premises.


Sometimes, the question is did any burglary actually occur or was the accusation false or staged.  Other times, the issue is whether the burglary was done by the accused or someone else.  In other cases, the issue is whether the accused intended to commit any crime other than, perhaps, the trespass itself.  There are also cases where the question is whether there was a trespass in the first place, or did the accused have some right to be on the premises.  The defense strategy and tactics will vary depending on the issues in dispute.

Sometimes, innocence is not the issue, and defense counsel works to mitigate the client’s risks.  Residential burglary is particularly serious, as the sentencing guidelines call for a state prison sentence, even for the first offender.  Even more serious are the aggravated forms of the crime, such as armed burglary or burglary with an assault or battery.  Those are each first degree felonies, convictions for which will result in state prison sentences.

Lawrence Shearer, PLLC has the years of experience to recognize the best approach for the defense of each client individual.  He will investigate all possible defenses and when necessary, aggressively pursue other options to alleviate risks and dangers to his client.

Lawrence Shearer, PLLC welcomes you to call to schedule a free office consultation at which he will discuss your charges, possible defenses, as well as the risks you face and ways you might be able to avoid them.

Lawrence Shearer, PLLC

Lawrence Shearer, PLLC provides representation for all misdemeanor and felony offense clients in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Highlands County, Florida. This includes, but is not limited to DUI, domestic violence offenses, drug offenses, drug trafficking, theft, frauds, firearm offenses, burglary, sexual offenses, pornography, white collar crimes, robbery, battery, appeals, probation violations, and murder cases. We can also handle the sealing and expunging of criminal records.

Lawrence Shearer, PLLC provides you with an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney & lawyer. Contact Lawrence Shearer, PLLC at (863) 665-6895, to schedule a free confidential legal consultation.

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Shearer Defense can handle cases in the investigative stage and can help persuade law enforcement to not file formal charges. Retaining Lawrence Shearer, PLLC in the initial phases of a criminal case increases your chances for a successful resolution of your case. If necessary, our firm employs private investigators and forensic specialists to fully investigate your case, and to protect your rights. We file all appropriate pretrial motions to litigate the defenses you may have. If your case goes to trial, we will pick a jury, cross-examine State witnesses, and present your defenses.

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