In Virginia, theft crimes can range in severity from shoplifting to burglary via breaking and entering. Depending on the type of theft committed, these crimes carry penalties as small as a simple fine up to as large as a life sentence. No matter what type of theft crime is committed, those who are convicted are often faced with lasting consequences, including the inability to find employment, acquire security clearances, or retain custody of children. Individuals charged with a theft & larceny defense crime should seek immediate counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Theft & Larceny Defense Services
The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC offers experienced theft & larceny defense services to individuals charged with crimes such as shoplifting, robbery, and burglary.
Shoplifting charges can either be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, based on the total value of the items which have been shoplifted. Individuals who have been charged with shoplifting under $200 worth of items are charged with petty larceny in the Commonwealth of Virginia and fall under the classification of a misdemeanor, which carries penalties such as fines and possible jail time. Those accused of shoplifting items valuing over $200 are often faced with grand larceny charges, which are classified as felonies and carry severe penalties for those convicted.
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Individuals charged with robbery, both armed and unarmed, face felony charges in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Robbery is defined as a type of theft that involves the threat or the actual use of violence and is classified as armed robbery if the use of a weapon is present during the theft. Robbery falls under Virginia’s three-strike rule and poses the potential for life in prison for those who have been convicted three times.
Burglary (B&E) Defense
Virginia law defines burglary as the use of force to unlawfully gain access to a building with the intent of committing a felony. Those convicted of burglary are forever labeled as a violent offender, as burglaries are classified as violent crimes.
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Theft crimes carry some of the most severe penalties in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is why it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge is ready to learn more about your case, so call us at 703.273.5500 or request a consultation online.