If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering, it is crucial that you act quickly to ensure that your rights are not violated. An experienced Fairfax burglary defense lawyer can explain the obstacles and consequences you might face.
At Ronald E. Smith, P.C., we have provided skilled criminal defense to clients throughout Virginia for more than 30 years. We understand the intricacies of criminal defense and how to build an effective case strategy. Most often, our clients are facing life-changing consequences and it is our goal to limit their exposure to penalties as much as possible.
Breaking & Entering is Closely Related to Burglary
As a statutory offense, breaking and entering is closely related to burglary. This charge requires breaking with intent to commit a misdemeanor other than trespassing or assault and battery. It is a class six felony punishable by up to five years in a state penitentiary and substantial fines. Consequences can be even more significant if there is the presence of certain modifiers such as whether or not the accused was armed or has a prior conviction.
Breaking and entering is a serious offense and is viewed as one that is very dangerous to the community. As such, this charge is pursued aggressively by both the prosecution and the court. Typically, an effective defense is centered on the numerous technical aspects of the statutes. You need an attorney with the considerable skills required to compare the facts of the case to the specific statutory requirements. Contact our firm for a strong and efficient defense no matter how complex your case.
If you have questions regarding breaking and entering, we are prepared to stand up for your rights. Contact Ronald E. Smith, P.C., by calling 703-539-5825 or by completing our online contact form. For your convenience, we offer free initial telephone consultations.