Virginia Man Faces Criminal Charges after Burglary in Ashburn
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Virginia man for intent to commit larceny and other crimes, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. This man turned himself in to the authorities after a recent burglary.
On August 5th, the Virginia man allegedly broke into a residence near the 20000 block of Smith Circle in Ashburn. After entering through the window, this man apparently stole a microwave. Then in the process of fleeing the scene, the Virginia man also allegedly assaulted a person in the residence.
After receiving reports of this incident, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, and the Virginia State Police searched for the perpetrator. But they were unable to locate the Virginia man until he turned himself in.
At this point, the Virginia man faces criminal charges for intent to commit larceny, assault and battery, and destruction of property. Until the legal process plays out, it remains to be seen what penalties this man will face. But it is possible to understand the general boundaries of his potential punishment by examining three different Virginia statutes.
What are the Virginia Penalties for Intent to Commit Larceny?
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-91 details the penalties for intent to commit larceny. Any person who commits this offense is guilty of statutory burglary. Upon conviction, the offender is subject to imprisonment for one to 20 years and fines up to $2,500.
If the perpetrator was armed with a deadly weapon, however, this offense becomes a Class 2 felony. At that level, a conviction can lead to imprisonment for 20 years to life and criminal fines up to $100,000.
What are the Virginia Penalties for Assault & Battery?
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-57 establishes the penalties for assault and battery. Under this section, assault and battery is typically a Class 1 misdemeanor. For that level of offense, a conviction typically subjects the offender to a maximum of 12 months in county jail and $2,500 in criminal fines.
What are the Virginia Penalties for Destruction of Property?
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-137 highlights the penalties for destruction of property. Under this section, the punishment can change based on the value of the property in question.
The intentional destruction of property valued below $1,000 is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction usually results in the same punishment described in the previous section.
The intentional destruction of property valued above $1,000 is a Class 6 felony. A conviction ordinarily leads to a prison sentence between one and five years as well as criminal fines up to $2,500.
Let Us Help You Today
If you have legal questions about intent to commit larceny or other crimes in Virginia, it can be tremendously valuable to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. The Leesburg larceny, theft & fraud lawyers at Simms Showers LLP have the type of knowledge and experience required to help fight back against many criminal charges, including intent to commit larceny. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.