Overview of Burglary Charges in Virginia
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According to the Virginia Code, if a person breaks and enters, or simply enters, the dwelling of another individual in the nighttime with the intent to commit larceny or a felony, he or she is guilty of burglary. Burglary is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by between five and 20 years in prison. As simple as this seems, there are many other factors that can affect the charges and potential punishment in a burglary case. The police and prosecution understand how the law works and they will use every means they can to build their case against you. At James A. Bullard Jr. P.C., our Richmond criminal lawyer knows how to navigate the criminal justice system and we will aggressively fight to protect your rights and your future utilizing every potential resource.
Penalties for Burglary
Some of the factors that might affect your charges include whether or not you were carrying a weapon at the time of the alleged burglary. If so, the charge is upgraded to a Class 2 Felony which carries a possible 20 years to life sentence in addition to a potential $100,000 fine. Entering a dwelling in the daytime can add a breaking and entering charge which can range anywhere from a Class 2 Felony to a Class 6 Felony depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
For example, if it is alleged that you entered a dwelling with a weapon for the purpose of committing an assault, you could be facing a Class 2 felony charge and up to 20 years in prison. If it is alleged that you broke in to commit larceny, you may be facing a Class 6 felony that comes with a maximum 5 year prison term and a fine of $2,500.
Enlist Skilled Representation in Richmond, VA
Being charged with burglary is a very serious matter that demands the attention of a seasoned and reliable lawyer. Attorney James A. Bullard has appeared as a legal expert on Channel 6 News and has been on the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for Criminal Law for the past four years. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Bullard has a unique insight into how the case against you will be built and how it will proceed. Our hard-hitting legal team has the ability to tenaciously fight for you while at the same time diplomatically negotiating with the prosecution for reduced charges or even a dismissal. We are determined to pursue the best possible result for you. Contact us today to retain the aggressive defense you need!