The state of Virginia takes burglary offenses very seriously. That is why if you were charged, you will need to speak with a skilled Richmond criminal defense attorney. Our legal team is committed to ensuring that you and your future are protected. Contact us today.
What is burglary in Virginia?
Burglary in Virginia is defined as “breaking and entering the house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony or larceny within.”
In the event that you were armed at the time of your burglary offense, you will be charged with a Class 2 felony, and you will likely end up with a prison sentence of 20 years to life, with further fines as much as $100,000. If you were not armed, you will be charged with a Class 3 felony, which generally results in 5 to 20 years in prison.
If you would like to learn more about burglary charges in Virginia, it is in your best interest to reach out to an experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney. Our dedicated legal team is on your side and will do whatever it takes to protect you and your future.
How does Virginia define statutory burglary?
There are three different ways that statutory burglary can be committed. They include the following:
- Breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery, or arson is a Class 3 or Class 2 felony, depending on whether the person had a deadly weapon under Virginia Code Section 18.2-90. The penalties can be 5 to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
- Breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit larceny, assault, and battery, or arson is statutory burglary with a punishment of up to 20 years in prison or up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine under Virginia Code Section 18.2-91.
- Breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit a misdemeanor other than trespass or assault and battery is another statutory burglary crime under Virginia Code Section 18.2-92. The consequences can involve one to five years in prison, a jail sentence of up to 12 months, or a fine of up to $2,500.
Do not wait to reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the details of your case and your options.
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