Burglary, Home Invasion, Breaking and Entering

Virginia Beach Attorney For Burglary and Breaking and Entering

The crime of burglary is a felony in Virginia punishable by up to twenty years in prison. To be convicted of burglary, it requires a prosecutor to demonstrate very specifically that the accused intended to commit some other crime, felony or misdemeanor, besides simple trespassing. Simple breaking and entering, while still a felony, carries the lesser penalty of up to five years in prison. Successful defense of these criminal charges requires a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the law, knows how to uncover facts and how to present persuasive arguments at trial.

The Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC have years of experience in burglary defense. Our criminal defense team aggressively defends clients accused of burglary, breaking and entering, and other property crimes. If you have been charged with a burglary crime, our team of defense lawyers will work to build a strong and effective defense for you.


Our criminal defense lawyers defend people accused of:

Call (757) 422-4646 to arrange for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. One of our criminal attorneys will evaluate your burglary case and discuss possible defense strategies with you.

Building a Strong and Effective Defense

Our criminal defense attorneys are strong advocates for clients accused of burglary, theft, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Our criminal lawyers will work to build an effective defense designed to obtain the best outcome possible. Your criminal lawyer will look at every element of your case to uncover potential means to overcome the charge or get it reduced to a lesser count with lesser penalties.

For example, a prosecutor has some leeway in the types of charges they bring. It may possible to negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce a breaking and entering charge, or even a burglary charge, to a lesser offense such as trespassing. In that situation, we may even be able to negotiate to obtain a deferred judgment that can keep your record clear.

Additionally, if a person is convicted of burglary of a residence, they will be considered a violent criminal, even if the home was unoccupied at the time of the offense. Such a classification can have drastic effects on employment and other social standings. Also, if the person is later charged and convicted of another criminal charge, the sentencing guidelines will recommend a substantially longer prison sentence than if convicted of only breaking and entering.

Our criminal defense attorneys believe that every person deserves a strong defense. Your criminal lawyer will work to defend your rights and your freedom to the greatest extent possible. For a free initial consultation with a Virginia Beach burglary defense lawyer call (757) 422-4646 or contact us online.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-89. Burglary; how punished.
§ 18.2-90. Entering dwelling house, etc., with intent to commit murder, rape, robbery or arson; penalty.
§ 18.2-91. Entering dwelling house, etc., with intent to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony.
§ 18.2-92. Breaking and entering dwelling house with intent to commit other misdemeanor.
§ 18.2-93. Entering bank, armed, with intent to commit larceny.
§ 18.2-94. Possession of burglarious tools, etc.