Fredericksburg Burglary Defense Lawyer
Proven Theft Defense Counsel in Fredericksburg
Burglary charges are largely associated with theft, but the truth is that no theft needs to occur for someone to be charged with this crime. Burglary is always considered a felony in Virginia and can result in life-altering penalties for the accused. If you have been charged with burglary or what is known as statutory burglary, then the time to seek proven defense counsel is now.
I am Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, and before entering private practice I served as a state prosecutor and gained years of critical experience navigating Virginia's criminal justice system. Now, as an advocate for the accused, I bring this knowledge, diligence, and insight to the defense of my clients and ensure that the allegations against them are given the scrutiny they deserve.
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What is Burglary?
Code of Virginia Code of Virginia § 18.2-89 defines burglary of the act of breaking into a residence at night with the intent to commit a felony. This felony could be theft, or it could be another type of crime. Our state statutes also draw a distinction between offenses that involve the presence of deadly weapons and those that do not.
What is Statutory Burglary?
Burglary can also occur when someone is illegally entering a home to commit a violent felony (such as robbery, murder, rape, arson, etc.), some non-violent felonies, and even the misdemeanor of assault & battery. This is considered "statutory burglary" and is also a felony that can be punished quite harshly in Virginia.
What Are the Penalties for Burglary?
A burglary conviction in Virginia can result in:
- Without weapon: minimum of five years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines
- With weapon: minimum of 20 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines
If you have been charged with burglary, then the time to act is now. Contact my offices today to start exploring your defense options.