Other Charges

Defending Assault and Battery and Other Criminal Charges

Assault and Battery

  1. Battery is any harmful or unwanted touching of another person.
  2. Assault is when someone either attempts to commit a battery or when they put another individual in fear of harm using words and actions.
  3. Assault and Battery is misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2500 fine.
  4. Police and “victims” also frequently request protective orders in these kinds of cases.
  5. We represent individuals charged with all forms of Assault and Battery charges as well as defend people in Protective Order hearings, and protective order Violations.
  6. If the victim is a law enforcement officer, the charge automatically becomes a felony and carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 6 months in jail.

“Burglary”/”Breaking and Entering”

  1. Burglary and “Breaking and Entering” have various forms; the general factors are illegally entering or breaking and entering a building, usually a home, with the intent to commit some other crime.
  2. The method in which you enter the home (whether it includes breaking and entering or hiding yourself in the building) and the time of day impacts the type of charge that you are facing.
  3. All “Breaking and Entering,” and “Burglary” charges are serious felonies.
  4. We have represented Clients charged with many different types of Burglary.

Larceny

  1. Commonly known as theft, it is the taking of some item of value that belongs to someone else, without their consent, with the intent to never give it back.
  2. Virginia has many different types of Larceny including “Larceny from the Person,” “Larceny not from the Person,” “Embezzlement,” “False Pretenses,” “Concealment,” “Altering Price Tag,” “Credit Card Theft,” “Credit Card Fraud,” and many others.
  3. In some instances, you can be prosecuted for using something that does not belong to you even though you intend to return it, such as “Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.”
  4. The value of what was taken usually determines the severity of the offense, but in some cases, the intent it was what is important such as “Larceny with the intent to sell.”

Robbery

  1. Robbery is the taking of property belonging to another person, from that person’s body or in their presence, with the intent to keep the property, by using one of the following: force, threat of force, intimidation, presenting of a firearm or other deadly weapon.
  2. Robbery is punishable by a minimum of 5 years and up to life in a state penitentiary.
  3. Neither the value of the item nor the amount or type of force affects the severity of the charge, though use of a firearm may cause a separate charge for the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony which carries its own penalties.