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Virginia Burglary Laws

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The statutes regarding burglary in Virginia can be found in Va. Code 18.2-89. Burglary is a type of theft crime that involves entering into some sort of dwelling or business unlawfully, while having the intent to commit a crime. This crime used involve actually forcing your entrance into a dwelling and there was a specification to it happening at night, but this has changed. Now, entering a building even with the door open can be sufficient for a burglary offense and it can happen at any time of day. The prosecutor will need to prove your intent; however, which can be difficult. It will need to be shown that you had the intent of committing a crime when entering a building. The penalties that can follow this offense depends on if the building was occupied, the presence of a weapon, the type of property plus more.

Burglary Penalties in Virginia

Depending on the details of your case, you could be facing a Class 3 felony or Class 2 felony and the potential penalties include:

  • Class 2 felony
    • Between 20 years and life in prison
    • A fine of up to $100,000
  • Class 3 felony
    • Between five and 20 years in prison
    • A fine of up to $250,000

There are less severe charges, such as statutory burglary, that may result in a prison sentence between one and 20 years. If you want to discuss your unique burglary case, do not hesitate to contact my firm at any time. I am a Virginia Beach criminal attorney and I offer a free confidential consultation, so I can answer your questions and we can get started in building your defense at no cost.

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