Property Offenses

Virginia Property Crime Defense Attorney Charles C. Cosby, Jr.

The blanket term "property offense" encompasses many types of crimes for example, burglary, arson, embezzlement, theft or destruction of property. The higher the value of the property affected, the more serious the potential penalties are. When you are facing the severe consequences of a serious property-related criminal charge, you need an experienced and persuasive advocate. Severe consequences can mean a conviction for moral turpitude, to wit: lying, cheating or stealing. A felony conviction or misdemeanor conviction for moral turpititude may cause a defendant to be fired, or drastically affect his or her ability to get a job. In other words, who wants to hire someone found to be dishonest by a court? You need a lawyer with in-depth knowledge of Virginia's criminal justice system. You need Charles C. Cosby, Jr.

The Richmond area Law Office of Charles C. Cosby, Jr. provides clients the personal attention they want and the legal skill they need. Attorney Cosby takes a team approach to criminal defense, drawing not only upon the knowledge he has gained in more than 30 years of criminal law experience, but also the collective skill of an entire support team to thoroughly investigate and aggressively defend each and every case.

To protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation when facing burglary, theft, arson or other property-related allegations, you need an advocate with the ideal combination of strength and skill. You will find that at my office. Call me at 804-780-0311 or send an e-mail today to learn more about our services and schedule a case evaluation. I proudly represent clients throughout Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania as well as handling cases in more than 60 jurisdictions throughout Virginia.

Serious Charges, Serious Consequences

A conviction on a property-related crime comes with potentially severe penalties. An experienced attorney like Charles C. Cosby, Jr. can work to minimize the consequences you face by seeking a reduction or dismissal of charges, negotiating a plea agreement or securing an acquittal at trial.

My office handles all manner of serious property crime charges, including:

  • Burglary
  • Possession of burglary tools with intent to use them
  • Grand larceny
  • Breaking and entering
  • Forgery; uttering a forged document
  • Receipt of stolen property
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft by false pretenses
  • Arson of buildings, land or crops

Different levels of property fines can have vastly different consequences. Grand larceny carries up to twenty years in prison, a burglary in the nighttime while armed with a deadly weapon carries up to life in prison whereas a burglary may be charged only as an offense carrying up to twenty years, depending on various factors. Embezzlement which is a form of larceny carries the same penalty as a larceny. A third offense petit larceny, such as a third offense of shoplifting, can be converted into a felony called a compound felony. The compound felony carries a potential prison sentence. All of these types of offenses carry a potential for substantial fines, plus restitution for anything taken may be ordered. The distinctions between levels of criminal charges can affect you for the rest of your life, and the nuances between classes of felony property crimes can be difficult to discern if you are not intimately familiar with the relevant laws.

Fortunately for you, Charles C. Cosby, Jr. has in-depth knowledge of Virginia's property crime statutes. Contact him today to learn more about his services; send  an e-mail, or call at 804-780-0311.