Fairfax Burglary Defense Lawyer
Challenging Burglary Charges in Fairfax, Virginia
Have you been arrested for burglary? Also referred to as "breaking
and entering," this crime involves unlawfully entering or remaining
on another's property with the intention of committing a crime. Although
burglary is most often associated with
theft, a person may commit burglary by entering a property with the intention of
assaulting another, committing arson, vandalism, or another criminal offense.
It is important to consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible
in the face of burglary charges, as you will be at risk of facing felony
charges and serious penalties if convicted. Fairfax burglary defense lawyer
Vaughan C. Jones can offer you a free initial case evaluation to determine
exactly how our firm can assist you.
Burglary Charges & Defense in Fairfax
Depending on the specific case, a burglary conviction may result in a minimum
of 1 year in state prison. If the defendant was in possession of a deadly
weapon or firearm or used a weapon in committing the offense, he or she
may expect to face increased penalties, along with mandatory minimum penalties.
However, if a criminal defense attorney can prove that the defendant only
unlawfully entered the property, it is highly unlikely that the defendant
would face felony burglary charges but rather a lesser crime of trespassing.
Of course, the primary incentive will be to assist a defendant in avoiding
a conviction altogether.
There may be viable defense strategies that a lawyer can explore on your
behalf, in the face of your Fairfax burglary charges. For example, you
may have been lawfully on the premises or may have been falsely identified
in a line-up. You may have accidentally entered property or may have had
good reason to believe that your presence was lawful.
Contact the firm today to speak with Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law and learn more about how you can challenge your unique charges.