In Chesterfield Virginia, the Burglary laws are considered as a very serious crime and therefore it carries harsh penalties. The burglary is mostly forceful and unlawful entry into one’s house, office or any other kind of structure with an intention to carry out any crime.
The burglary usually involve physical breaking as well as simply trespassing through an open door or window
Burglary laws in Chesterfield Virginia
As per the code of Virginia Code section 18.2-91 – “Entering dwelling house with intent to commit larceny, assault, and battery or another felony”
“If any person commits any of the acts mentioned in 18.2-90 with intent to commit larceny, or any felony other than murder, rape, robbery or arson in violation of 18.2-77, 18.2-79 or 18.2-80, or if any person commits any of the acts mentioned in 18.2-89 or 18.2-90 with intent to commit assault and battery, he shall be guilty of statutory burglary, punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one or more than twenty years or, in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, be confined in jail for a period not exceeding twelvemonths or fined not more than $2,500, either or both. However, if the person was armed with a deadly weapon at the time of such entry, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony.”
Penalties for general burglary law:
“If any person break and enter the dwelling house of another in the night time with intent to commit a felony or any larceny therein, he shall be guilty of burglary, punishable as a Class 3 felony; provided, however, that if such person was armed with a deadly weapon at the time of such entry, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony.”
General Burglary (Section 18.2 – 89)
When a person (1) breaks as well as enters the house or structure of an individual (2) at night (3) with the primary intention to commit a felony or steal things, then the person is said to be the guilty of general burglary (section 18.2 – 89). Just to make you aware that burglary comes with the serious punishments of a Class three felony unless the person committing a crime was armed with a deadly weapon while entering the home – in that case, the perpetrator faces a Class 2 felony penalties.
Statutory Burglary Section (18.2 – 90-91):
A statutory burglary can be committed in three ways
A statutory burglary is said to have occurred when a person, regarding a house or any building or structure where people live,
- unlawfully enters without breaking at the night time
- breaks as well as enters at the daytime,
- enters as well as conceals her- or himself in an apartment, structure or building used as a house, with either:
- Intention to commit battery and assault, or;
- Intention to rape, murder, commit arson, or violently rob, or;
Intention to do theft or engage in any kind of felonies such as rape, murder, arson, or robbery.