A Conviction For A Property Crime Charge Comes With Harsh Penalties
When you face severe charges, you want a lawyer who can fight for you in and out of the courtroom. Charges such as theft, burglary and arson require deft negotiation and trial skills.
I am attorney R. Clinton Clary, Jr., and I have over 40 years of criminal law experience in the Southside Virginia area. As a former prosecutor, I know how the commonwealth handles property crime cases and can effectively assess the strength of the case against you. Then I will craft a strategy to mitigate the consequences or, when possible, have the charges dismissed.
Charged With Theft, Burglary Or Arson?
You cannot wait to begin your defense in these cases. I can represent you in cases involving:
Theft: Stealing something worth as little as $5 or more can result in grand larceny charges if you take it from a person. If you do not take it “from the person,” it must be worth over $1,000 to be grand larceny. Grand larceny has penalties that range from a year in jail to 20 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $2,500.
Burglary: Virginia has several types of burglary charges, including statutory burglary, which can result in a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years, and from 20 years to life in prison if a deadly weapon was involved. These are very serious consequences, and you need a lawyer who handles tough cases like these on a regular basis.
Arson: This is also a very serious offense with charges that depend on the type of structure that is burned. An unoccupied structure involves penalties of two to 10 years in prison, while an occupied structure has penalties from five years to life in prison. Fines of up to $100,000 may also be assessed.
You Need An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney To Protect Your Rights
This is the time for a seasoned lawyer with experience in crimes with very harsh consequences. For a free consultation to discuss your case, call Slayton & Clary at 434-848-3632 or contact me online today.