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DEFENDING BURGLARY CHARGES
Burglary Charges In Richmond, Virginia
In Virginia, burglary is usually defined as a crime of theft, typically involving intentionally breaking into a house, building or other structure (such as a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft) to commit a felony.
Burglary is also known as “breaking and entering”.
Lawful break-in of property is permitted in Virginia. For instance, breaking into a home to save life and limb would not be considered a crime, nor would lawfully evicting tenants or constitutional searches and seizures by police.
Under statute, it stands to reason that a person cannot usually be convicted of burglary if the building or structure and property therein belongs to them.
Theft, Trespassing and Burglary
In Virginia, theft is not absolutely required to be convicted of burglary.
Trespassing, or unlawfully entering a building or automobile with the intent to commit any felony can constitute a burglary.
In fact, a person may also be convicted of burglary in crimes such as identity theft or violating another’s civil rights. The theft may be intangible, but it can be a felony nonetheless.
In Virginia, the act of burglary is separate from any actual theft involved with the offense. Thus, if the defendant’s actions of entering a building are not considered a felony, any subsequent theft may be classified under a lesser charge – such as a misdemeanor petit larceny. It’s in situations like these a skilled and savvy Richmond, Virginia criminal defense attorney may well spell the difference between probation and serving serious jail time.
SRIS Law Group, P.C. Richmond, Virginia Criminal Lawyers – The Right Lawyers
If you’ve been arrested in Richmond, Virginia for burglary or breaking and entering, the first and most important thing to do is finding the right Richmond criminal lawyer who is skilled and experienced in these particular aspects of criminal defense.
At the SRIS Law Group, P.C. each of our Richmond, Virginia burglary defense lawyers has a history of success at defending their clients in these serious situations. When you need an attorney with experience in handling burglary cases in Richmond, Virginia, you’ll get an criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the specific statutes in Richmond, Virginia.
Our law firm has Richmond Virginia burglary defense attorneys who are committed to providing the best defense for people accused of serious felonies such as burglary and breaking and entering.
Our Richmond, Virginia criminal defense attorneys defend criminal cases in the following jurisdictions:
Caroline, Hanover, Herico, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Greensville, New Kent, King William, Charles City, James City, Surry, York & Emporia.