Burglary, theft, shoplifting, and robbery

Burglary, theft, shoplifting, and robbery are generally classified as property crimes. These property crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the seriousness of the individual actions. Shoplifting, for example, is deemed a misdemeanor in most cases, but if the crime is alleged to have been ongoing for a long period of time and a significant number of products were stolen within that time frame, it may rise to the level of a felony. As seasoned Prince William County criminal defense attorneys, we can present your case in such a way as to reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the charges against you.

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The penalties for burglary, theft, shoplifting, and robbery vary, based on the severity of the crime. Having a Prince William County criminal defense law firm in your corner can make the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor — and, in some cases, between jail time and probation with community service.

These crimes and their respective penalties are described below:

Theft and Shoplifting

  • For merchandise valued up to $200, a first offense is generally treated as a misdemeanor, and the penalty can be a fine and/or up to one year in jail.
  • For merchandise valued over $200, an offense is classified as a felony, and the penalty can be up to 20 years in prison.

First-time offenders who are charged with a misdemeanor may attempt to enroll in an alternate program, such as community service, in order to keep their criminal record clear. Working with a criminal defense law firm can help you get accepted into this kind of program.

Burglary and Robbery

  • Both burglary and robbery are felonies, and a person found guilty of either can face prison time in excess of one year.
  • Burglary requires breaking into a building with the intent to commit another felony. The other felony could be, and often is, a theft or robbery within that building.

As a criminal law firm, we know how to argue that the severity of a charge is unwarranted. Our Manassas criminal attorneys will attempt to prove that either you did not commit the crime you are accused of or that you did not commit the crime with the degree of severity alleged.

When your future is at stake, we will fight for you

When your future is at stake, the lawyers at The Daugherty Law Firm give you straight talk and straight answers. Our Prince William County criminal lawyers will help you explore all of your options and develop a plan of action that will meet your individual goals.

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