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Burglary Charges Criminal Defense Attorney in Arlington VA

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Arlington, VA Burglary Defense Attorney


In the state of Virginia, burglary is a criminal offense that is quite complex compared to other states, and often referred to as "breaking and entering." Regardless of the term used, anyone accused of breaking into or trespassing on someone else's property with the intent of committing another crime should consult with an experienced burglary defense attorney in Arlington. Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm is committed to providing exceptional legal guidance and representation to those arrested or charged with this serious crime.


Burglary Charges in Virginia


In the majority of cases a person is arrested for burglary or breaking and entering for the purpose of committing theft. However, other illegal acts sometimes committed upon forcing entry into a home, building, or other structure may include arson, rape, kidnapping, or even murder. As you can imagine these are extremely serious allegations that could leave the accused facing severe punishment if convicted.


Common law burglary involves breaking and entering at night in an effort to commit a felony offense. The other type of burglary in Virginia is statutory burglary, which is broken further down into three categories:


Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit Murder, Rape, Robbery, or Arson
Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit Larceny, Assault and Battery, or Felony Other than Murder, Rape, Robbery, or Arson
Breaking and entering a Dwelling House with Intent to Commit a Misdemeanor Other than Trespass or Assault and Battery


As you can see, it is a very complicated area of the law. The punishment a person may face depends on what type of burglary was committed, criminal history, and other factors. A misdemeanor burglary conviction may result in fines of up to $2,500 and/or up to 12 months in jail, or one to five years in prison. More serious charges such as B & E with Intent to Commit Murder, Rape, Robbery or Arson may result in a fine of up to $100,000 along with a prison term of five to 20 years. The penalties can be even harsher in cases involving common law burglary.


Contact The Tuomey Law Firm Today


There are various defense strategies that are often effective in defending those charged with burglary. Prosecutors must prove certain elements of a criminal case, which is not always a simple matter. You must have a dedicated Arlington burglary defense lawyer on your side who will fight aggressively in order to help you avoid a conviction for these serious charges. Regardless of how minor or serious your situation may be, trust Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm to protect your legal rights and obtain the desired outcome in your case.



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