Richmond Burglary Attorney
Arrested for burglary in Richmond?
In Virginia, burglary can be a misdemeanor or a felony. First degree burglary is the “breaking and entering” into a residence to steal something or to commit a felony. Second degree burglary is when a person enters a store or other type of building or structure to illegally remove or steal something it is the intention of the person committing the act that determines how serious a crime it is. It is also burglary if someone has entered the premises with the intention to commit any crime, such as arson, rape, vandalism, and not just theft. In Virginia the crime of burglary is punished more harshly if it is committed at night. If you have been charged with committing a burglary, it is important to consult with a Richmond criminal defense attorney right away to begin preparing the best possible defense on your behalf.
Skilled Negotiator Providing a Strong Defense
The penalties for being convicted of burglary are stiff. Burglary is considered a Class 3 felony. If convicted, the sentence is 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. If the person was armed with a deadly weapon, it then becomes a Class 2 felony, with the punishment of 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Debra D. Corcoran, Esq. of The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran understands the possible defenses to use in your case, such as, you did not have the intention to steal when entering, you were there lawfully, or you had the consent of the owner to enter. She has an advanced degree in litigation and is skilled in negotiating with prosecutors to have your charges reduced, or even dismissed.