Had a great experience with this law firm and attorney Nabeel Kibria. Very prompt with getting you information and… making sure you understand it. Great results for situation and very transparent with the outcome. One of the very best attorney experiences I have had.read more
Great Attorney, Mr Kibria is attention to detail and very responsive. After a lengthy process, He was able to get my… case dismissed. I would highly recommend him and this firm for your legal needs.read more
So I had attorney Nabeel represent me for a case I was told nearly impossible to get off from but given my record being… clean and my attorneys good standing with the prosecutors he was able to get my case completely dismissed. I don’t expect everyone to have that kind of out come when facing serious charges but if you are…. He is definitely the guy to go to. He was very personable, super responsive at all times of the day, and knew his stuff. I felt very informed the whole time. As my only case ever I felt confident that I had a far chance as a black man. He did an excellent job and I will reach out to him if I ever need anything else in the DMv.read more
Really pleased with Mr. Kibria. Outstanding lawyer and firm. They got my case dismissed without me even having to go… into court. He was always open and upfront with me. He told me what he was going to do and did exactly that. He was also always available when I needed to discuss things with him. I would urge anyone to hire them as they seem to be the best.read more
I hired him three months before my court date. He immediately began working with the defense to get me the best offer.… Before my court date approached my case was dismissed and all charges dropped. He was amazing, professional and fully transparent. I highly recommend retaining him.read more
Best traffic Attorney I ever had!!!My traffic case was completely dismissed!!!Very professional and pick up the phone… late at night. Follow up on every process. He handled my case for more than a year!!! Nextra charge!!! I will recommend 100% to my family and friends!!!Thank you Attorney Nabeel Kibria!!!read more
I called to get some help with questions I had and was unable to get through at first. However, my call was returned… almost immediately by Mr. Nabeel Kibria and he was exceptional! All of my questions were answered and he was extremely knowledgeable and professional.I highly recommend the services of Ervin Kibria Law.read more
Ervin is a great litigator and was able to get me my desired outcome! He was friendly and able to work with me on a… payment plan. It was painless and he guided me through the whole process. Highly hoghly recommend !read more
Mr. Kibria was an amazing lawyer. He was always available when I had a question or needed information about my case. He… was very professional and guided me every step of the way. I am beyond satisfied with Mr. Kibria’s services!read more
My dear friend had the opportunity to use Ervin Kibria’s services. She shared with me that her experience was above and… beyond any law services she has ever experienced. This is great news and will be shared with others seeking representation. Keep up the great work. Those five stars are shining bright and are a testament to your dedication and hard work in navigating today’s legal system.read more
Never been in trouble with the law and had no clue how to navigate the system or even find a trustworthy lawyer.. I… felt like a mouse in a sea of snakes. Sure enough, I got bit. Big Time law firm wanted over FIVE TIMES what my case ended up costing me with these guys! I was nieve enough to think it was a deal when they dropped the price a few grand… Stumbled across the website that quickly led to a phone call as well as a good laugh at how much I was overcharged! Saved over $12,000!! Always kept up to date on my case and after. Had to leave a review! Hope this helps someone, God Bless!read more
I got a ticket for turning right on a red light with a sign that said I should not have (I didn’t see it). I contacted… this man and he was very upfront and responsive regarding prices and what he could do for me. He was able to get the points from the ticket removed he kept me up to date with the status of the ticket and the hearing. I recommend this man 100% if you have any driving violations in Washington, DC.read more
Mr. Kibria was excellent. Got my case dismissed. Never even had to step into court. His communication with me… throughout the process was fantastic. I give him and the firm the highest recommendation. Outstanding DC laywer.read more
I have known Mr. Kibria for more than 20 years. He is an amazing individual and an even better attorney. His work ethic… is as strong as it gets. His firm is also outstanding. He and his firm always will get my highest recommendation.read more
Mr. Nabeel Kibria was wonderful and helped me with my ticket. He is easy to work with and he will answer any questions… you have. I had a positive experience working with Mr. Kibria and I highly recommend him. ~Melindaread more
We choose him to represent after reading hundreds of other good reviews and everything they say is true. We heard back… fast after first reaching out and it was a very easy process after that. It was also very affordable for what we were dealing with. Dealing with a few first time gun felonies (a case of entering DC while following VA’s much more lax gun laws) and it resulted in only 48 hours of community service! This could have ended horribly for our family but thanks to Mr. Kibria, it didn’t. 100% would chose his services again.read more
He explains in detail what each step of the process is. He clearly laid out what my responsibilities are and what he… will do for me. We had regular communication about my case so I always knew what was next.read more
This law firm is absolutely amazing he got my case dismissed immediately I will be forever be grateful for him.. it was… definitely a tough period in my life and he made my life so much easier with handling this case every time I called he answered every time I texted he responded he never left me wondering or in the dark I always knew what was going on if you need a lawyer Ervin is the man to call I promise you won’t be disappointedread more
I’ve known Mr. Kibria and his firm for many years. Outstanding firm and outstanding lawyer and person. Nobody in DC is… better, nobody will care about you and your case more than him. I give my highest recommendation!read more
Ervin Kibria Law helped in a difficult time in my life when I was facing a DUI in Washington DC. He guided me through… the process and explained to me in detail what was going to happen. His expertise in criminal defense is by far the best I’ve seen in my life. If you are looking for a DUI attorney you can trust, Nabeel Kibria is the go to lawyer in Washington DC.read more
I can’t say enough about Mr. Kibria. I was facing extremely serious charges that would have ruined my life. But I was… innocent. Mr. Kibria found that was true and worked to get my case completely dismissed. I didn’t even have to walk back into court for it to be dismissed. Truly an expert attorney. My family had nothing but the best things to say about him as well.read more
Mr. Kibria is an outstanding attorney. He got our case dismissed immediately. Also he was always available when we… needed him and unbelievably affordable. We highly recommend this firm. Don’t go anywhere else.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were phenomenal. Cant say enough. He got a very complex and serious case of mine… dismissed…all whilenmanaging the case through the pandemic. I never even had to step foot in court. Above all his communication and engagement is like nothing I have seen before. If you’re in need of the best attorney in DC, Mr. Kibria is the only guy you should call. My highest recommendation!read more
Mr. Kibria Nabeel is one awesome lawyer.I contacted him on my sons case which was a very complex hectic case in which… all evidence was stacked against my child. My son was looking at years maybe even some decades in jail for a crime that was committed in Washington DC over the Summer of 2020, which happened to involve police, guns and etc.I contacted Mr. Nabeel one late afternoon after talking to several lawyers who wanted thousands of dollars I didn’t have. At the time of the call I was truly at my wits end. I found him through a Google search.He listened to me tell him my sons case, he had a sympathetic ear, he was understanding, and after reviewing the case he accepted it and had several solutions.He was and is a very professional, very understanding person and lawyer. He was able to give me the ins and outs of what can be done and what he will do, he didn’t make any promises but one, and that was, he would do his best to get my child home as soon as possible.Mr. Nabeel did exactly that. He worked his magic!My son is looking at a very reasonable amount of small time compared to what the Public Defender was talking about. I can’t thank Mr. Nabeel enough.Long story short, if you want a great lawyer that won’t rob you blind for money and will work hard to get you the best outcome, then put your trust in Mr. Nabeel.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.read more
I’ve known Mr. Kibria and his firm for a long time and watched him work. He is the epitome of a top rated attorney. If… you need a DC lawyer and law firm for any reason he and his firm are the immediate go to. Nobody understands people, the courts and the system like he and is firm. Unparalleled is the word best used.read more
Mr. Kibria was very responsive and professional in assisting us with my son’s legal case. He was available when needed… and provided information to help us understand all options and the settlement.read more
Awesome response time with a good sense of pride for his business. Very litigious individual who knows his rights and… laws very well! Helped me get out of my situation with ease and set up a great deal. I would definitely recommend for anyone who got into any mishaps.read more
Outstanding experience with this attorney and his firm were exceptional. Really saved my family from a disaster. A… really great DC attorney, super responsive and pleasant to deal with. Highly recommended!read more
Oh my god Mr. Kibria was amazing. I was so nervous about a ridiculous situation. From the start he told me he would… keep me safe and take care of everything. He did exactly that but i did not expect how quickly he took care of things and all very professionally. I am so relieved and thankful. Outstanding DC lawyer who communicates exceptionally. I can’t recommend him and the firm enough!I really really appreciate your help Mr. Kibria.read more
Just got off the phone with Mr. Kibria. Definitely can tell he cares about getting fair results for his clients from… the way he handles himself on the phone as well as in person. He doesn’t just spit out a price like other attorneys, he actually hears you out. Also his prices are at least 30% lower than any other quotes I’ve gotten in the city. I don’t know why you’d go anywhere else!read more
Wonderful DC defense lawyer. Got my case dismissed. His communication and professionalism is exceptional. Took care of… me just like he said he would. Definitely call this firm if you need a top notch DC attorney! Also very fair with fees.read more
Mr. Kibria was truly amazing. I’ve never knew a lawyer would be so hands on with a case. He helped me through a serious… and difficult time and helped protect me and my family. Not only was he always available when I needed him, no matter what, he also did so much to make sure I was safe. Hopefully I never need a lawyer again anywhere but if I do Mr. Kibria is the only lawyer I want. If they had more than 5 star I would give him more.read more
Mr. Kibria is an amazing attorney. I can’t say enough about. He truly saved me in a difficult period in my life where… I was facing a lot of time behind bars. I am so glad I had him as an attorney. People should call him if they need a great attorney. He went above and beyond what was asked of him. He’s not just a amazing attorney but a wonderful person. Treated me and my family like we were his family.read more
Had a complicated case and decided to reach out to many lawyers, but then I got in contact with the best DC defense… Lawyer – Mr. Kibria. My main concern was having a record on file that would prevent me from jobs. From the very beginning he made me feel comfortable as he was attentive and always available. I got a favorable outcome and could not be more satisfied with his work. He and his firm were amazing from beginning to end. He did exactly what he told me he would do from the start and always kept my anxiety at bay. Also the fees and rates at this firm were amazing given then lengths they go to to deliver the best representation in town. Mr. Kibria and his firm get my highest recommendation!read more
Outstanding DC defense lawyer. Can’t say enough. Got my case dismissed immediately. Also was always available when I… needed him from minute one. Great rates too. Simply the best! Mr. Kibria and his firm are exceptional.read more
Mr. Kibria did an exceptional job representing me. I was in a wrong place, wrong time situation, and Mr. Kibria did his… best in getting my case dismissed ASAP. He only ensured the best outcome for me, and I’m thankful for his services. On top of that he treated me like a family member and was ALWAYS available to me and my family members who had questions. ALWAYS AVAILABLE! Fantastic DC defense lawyer. Also outstanding rates. In short, I’d say the best in the business in DC!read more
Unmatched professionalism and service. Mr. Kibria was excellent. He got my cases dismissed and did it all while… keeping my anxiety low. Not only did he dismiss all if my cases he was always available when I needed me and took care of me like I was family. Firm was also immensely fair with their rates/fees. Cant say enough about Mr. Kibrias representation of me. Outstanding DC defense lawyer! The only attorney in DC you should look to.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing. We don’t know what we’d do if he didn’t answer the phone. Truly a god-send. No… one else even picked up. Then in regards to handling me and my case. Mr. Kibria treated me like a family member. He went above and beyond the call of duty and got me through a very difficult situation. He delivered in excellent fashion. Can’t say enough about him and the firm. A great attorney. He has my highest recommendation!read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were fantastic! Got my serious case dismissed. But above all its clear that the reviews and… reputation are above and beyond everything i read before hiring him and the firm. He truly goes above and beyond the call of duty and he truly cares for the client. Also always available when needed and always answering all questions concerns and anxiety. The best. I urge everyone to retain this firm if they need a DC defense lawyer. Fees are also very fair given that he is top dc lawyer.read more
Amazing attorney and firm. Excellent DC defense attorney. Simply put he made my problems go away almost in a snap.… Always available when i needed him and also extremely fair in regards to fees. This firm and Mr. Kibria are the go to if you need a top DC lawyer.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were superb. I can’t say enough. Amazing lawyer. Had a serious case but he got it dismissed… immediately. I didn’t have to do a thing. He was always available whenever i needed to talk. Always kept me informed and calm and did everything he said he was going to do. Great dc defense attorney. The lawyer and the firm to hire if you need one in DC. Truly outstanding!read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing. I was charged unfairly for a wrong place wrong time deal. Mr. Kibria got my case… dismissed immediately. I was so relieved. He was available to me at all times to answer all my questions and keep me calm. He did exactly what he said he would do. I am going to keep him as my lawyer for everything. Also very fair on fees. You should absolutely call Mr. Kibria if you are in trouble.-Attorney Nabeel Kibriaread more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing! Had a serious case but Mr. Kibria got it dismissed immediately. He is a great DC… defense attorney. Amazing client engagement and responsiveness. Available at all times of need and very fair with fees. Beyond pleased. Please call Mr. Kibria if you need a DC attorney!read more
Nabeel and his firm are as good as it gets. Nobody better if you’re in trouble in DC. Hands down the best Washington DC… criminal and DUI lawyers around! Don’t waste your time or money with anyone else. Put your trust and life in these guys hands. They will absolutely take care of you and always have your best interests at heart.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed. Excellent attorney who was always available when needed… and fought aggressively for me. Also very fair with fees. I highly recommend him and the firm. If you need a DC defense attorney make sure to call him.read more
I was really scare to start this process, being my first offense. I was expecting the worst based on my case but Mr.… Kibria. fought for my case and got me a way lower outcome. Excellent DC defense attorney. Always available when I needed him. He is the guy to call in DC. Highest Recommendation!read more
Mr.Kibria and his firm were excellent. Adjusted court dates for me due to travel and got my case dismissed immediately.… Communication and client service was unbelievable. Excellent attorney , excellent firm. Highest recommendation. Be sure to call them.read more
Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. Made a bad situation go away. He got my case dismissed. Also his care… and communication are second to none. Always available when needed with answers to all questions. Also he and his firm were very fair and generous when it came to pricing. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the go to for sure in Washington DC. Highest recommendation.read more
Nabeel is an excellent attorney. He was always available for questions and kept me informed through every step of the… process. I am co fife the that with any other lawyer, my situation would have been quite different. Mr. Kibria did everything in his power to help me and was personally invested in me. I am so grateful for his help.read more
Mr. Kibria was outstanding. Best Washington DC defense attorney hands down. Took a terrible situation and resolved it… for me. He got my case dismissed. On top of everything his communication and responsiveness are exceptional. He was there at all times of need. Also very affordable for a top lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.read more
Very professional and handle my case very well. Fight very hard for the case and made the impossible happen in my case.… I Would recommend him to anyone. I would say hes the best Washington DC criminal defense lawyer. His communication and client engagement are unmatched. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the people to go to. Also prices were incredibly fair.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. He made a terrible situation a lot better and was willing to keep on fighting… at every turn. He had my back throughout the process. Excellent DC defense attorney, also extremely affordable for a top rated DC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Fantastic DC defense attorney. Went above and beyond the call for me. Got my… case dismissed within the first appearance. Mr. Kibria has my highest recommendation! Also very fair when it came to his fees- best I’ve seen for a top rated attorney.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed right away. Excellent dc defense attorney. Great… communication. Gave me an idea from the start how things would go and what he would do and that’s exactly what he did. I give him and his firm my highest recommendation.read more
Mr Kibria and he’s law firm did a magnificent job helping me with my federal criminal case. He helped me answer… questions and weren’t even related to the case. I would definately recommend his business and his trust. Excellent DC defense attorney!read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm are amazing. I can’t say enough. Initially I was with a public defender. Although I had met and… consulted with Mr. Kibria I decided to stay with the public defender figuring it was all the same with any lawyer. I was so wrong. My public defender was forcing me to eat a bs charge and i basically thought I had no choice but to agree. Weeks later when I was in court ready to eat the charge, Mr. Kibria saw me an asked what I was doing. I told him and he said I was crazy to eat a charge given the facts of my case. He said he would get my case dismissed. He took my case right then and there and requested a dismissal,l. In fact he got the government to agree to dismissal even before I had paid him. He got my case dismissed as he said he would. Unbelievable. He is the best defense attorney in Washington DC bar none. If you need a defense lawyer in dc don’t bother calling anyone else.read more
Mr . Kibria and his from were excellent. He told me how things were going to go from the start and that’s exactly how… it went, in fact better. Client engagement and communication were second to none. Great DC defense attorney. Highly recommended.read more
Wow. Amazing. Hired Mr. Kibria to replace public defender for some crazy trumped up charges the police were trying to… bring me down on, some serious charges. Mr. Kibria was on the case for 3 weeks and got my case completely dismissed even before the next court date! Truly preserved my life and career. This guy is the defense attorney in DC to hire. Don’t mess around with any other lawyers, directly call this man.read more
Great firm, great attorney. Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed and got me through… the court process very fast. He told me exactly how things would go when he took my case and that’s exactly how it went. His communication with me at all times was great and immediate. Also he was very generous to me with his rates since I am a student. I highly recommend him and this firm.read more
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent throughout the entire process. Mr. Kibria is a great DC defense attorney, he got… my case dismissed immediately. Highly responsive and great fee rates. He’s the lawyer to go to in DC.read more
Mr Kibria is a fantastic and expert DC defense attorney. He was outstanding every step of the way. On top of everything… his communication and client advocacy is second to none. Also affordable. I give him and the firm my highest recommendation.read more
Excellent Washington DC defense attorney. I was from out of state and he got my case dismissed immediately. I did not… have to come back to court. Great communication and very affordable. I highly recommend.read more
Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed immediately. Furthermore his communication and… client engagement is unlike any other. I highly recommend. Also very affordable.read more
I hired Mr Kibria for a fedral court case . He got rid of my case right away. Mr Kibria is a fantastic defense… attorney. I was extremely pleased with him. Extremely affordable and highly personalized service. His communication throughout the process was exceptional.If you need a defense attorney in the District of Columbia you should definitely hire him and his firm!read more
I retained Mr. Kibria to represent against some serious charges that would have come with definite jail time and… seriously affected/complicated my life and my family.However Mr. Kibria fought hard throughout the entire process to ensure that i would not face the terrible hardships the charges presented and in fact gor a great deal that allowed me to continue on with my life and take care of my family.Above all he provides highly personalized representation and was available to me anytime i needed him and provided clear communication at all times. He and his firm were also extremely affordable. If you need a DC attorney I highly recommend Mr. Kibria and this firm.read more
I hired Mr Kibria to help with me with some serious , complicated, complex and frankly nerve wracking issues. I… retained Mr. Kibria and his firm based on his extensive experience and practice in DC. Mr. Kibria walked me through exactly how he was going to handle my case and resolve my situation. Mr. Kibria delivered on all his promises. His services were highly personalized and his communications with me were constant and clear. He was available whenever I needed him. He took care of my issues exactly as he said e would.If you need a defense lawyer in The District of Columbia. Mr. Kibria is definitely the guy to hire!read more
Great firm, great attorney. Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed and got me through the court process very fast. He told me exactly how things would go when he took my case and that’s exactly how it went. His communication with me at all times was great and immediate. Also he was very generous to me with his rates since I am a student. I highly recommend him and this firm.
Sami Swag April 23, 2019
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed right away. Excellent dc defense attorney. Great communication. Gave me an idea from the start how things would go and what he would do and that’s exactly what he did. I give him and his firm my highest recommendation.
Pre Gib June 11, 2019
Mr. Kibria and his firm are amazing. I can’t say enough. Initially I was with a public defender. Although I had met and consulted with Mr. Kibria I decided to stay with the public defender figuring it was all the same with any lawyer. I was so wrong. My public defender was forcing me to eat a bs charge and i basically thought I had no choice but to agree. Weeks later when I was in court ready to eat the charge, Mr. Kibria saw me an asked what I was doing. I told him and he said I was crazy to eat a charge given the facts of my case. He said he would get my case dismissed. He took my case right then and there and requested a dismissal,l. In fact he got the government to agree to dismissal even before I had paid him. He got my case dismissed as he said he would. Unbelievable. He is the best defense attorney in Washington DC bar none. If you need a defense lawyer in dc don’t bother calling anyone else.
Eamonn McCaffrey May 20, 2019
Mr Kibria is a fantastic and expert DC defense attorney. He was outstanding every step of the way. On top of everything his communication and client advocacy is second to none. Also affordable. I give him and the firm my highest recommendation.
Keith Jones April 19, 2019
Mr . Kibria and his from were excellent. He told me how things were going to go from the start and that’s exactly how it went, in fact better. Client engagement and communication were second to none. Great DC defense attorney. Highly recommended.
Rebecca Huang May 3, 2019
Mr Kibria and his firm were excellent. He got my case dismissed immediately. Great DC defense lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm. Very affordable!!!!
Ken Baktai June 21, 2019
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Fantastic DC defense attorney. Went above and beyond the call for me. Got my case dismissed within the first appearance. Mr. Kibria has my highest recommendation! Also very fair when it came to his fees- best I’ve seen for a top rated attorney.
Eyob Mengistu June 25, 2019
Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. He made a terrible situation a lot better and was willing to keep on fighting at every turn. He had my back throughout the process. Excellent DC defense attorney, also extremely affordable for a top rated DC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.
Peter Otunba June 25, 2019
Very professional and handle my case very well. Fight very hard for the case and made the impossible happen in my case. I Would recommend him to anyone. I would say hes the best Washington DC criminal defense lawyer. His communication and client engagement are unmatched. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the people to go to. Also prices were incredibly fair.
Justice Wayne June 28, 2019
Mr. Kibria was outstanding. Best Washington DC defense attorney hands down. Took a terrible situation and resolved it for me. He got my case dismissed. On top of everything his communication and responsiveness are exceptional. He was there at all times of need. Also very affordable for a top lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.
Noe Martinez August 6, 2019
Burglary in Washington DC
The definition of burglary in Washington DC involves the entering of a dwelling or other location with the intent to commit a crime. In the District of Columbia, it does not matter whether your entry involved breaking and entering or you entered without breaking. It also does not matter if it was daytime or nighttime. A situation involving these circumstances all fall under the umbrella of the offense of burglary.
Burglary is a serious criminal offense in the District of Columbia and is treated as a felony with mandatory minimum prison time. While some states have laws that contain provisions for up to a third (3rd) degree or even a fourth (4th) degree burglary, burglary in DC is split into only two degrees: first (1st) degree burglary and second (2nd) degree burglary.
1st Degree Burglary
Per DC Code §22–801(a), burglary in the 1st degree involves the entering of an occupied dwelling or room used as a sleeping apartment in any building with the intent to commit a crime. A basic example of 1st degree burglary would be climbing into a person’s bedroom through an open window while they were sleeping inside in order to steal their valuables.
It is important to note that the law only requires intent to commit a crime. Whether you actually managed to commit the crime does not matter. Following the example above, if you were arrested after climbing into that person’s bedroom but before you were able to steal their valuables, the prosecutor would still be able to convict you of 1st degree burglary if they could prove that you had the intent to steal the valuables.
A conviction for 1st degree burglary in DC carries a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. You may also be fined up to $75,000.
Note that the definition of 1st degree burglary is relatively narrow, requiring the place to be occupied and be specifically used as a dwelling or sleeping apartment. If the location is unoccupied or is not a dwelling or sleeping apartment, the offense falls to a burglary in the 2nd degree.
2nd Degree Burglary
Per DC Code §22–801(b), burglary in the 2nd degree broadly involves the entering of a place with the intent to commit a crime. The term “place” as defined by the statute includes the relatively mundane list of “any dwelling, bank, store, warehouse, shop, stable, or other building or any apartment or room, whether occupied or not,” but also specifies “any steamboat, canalboat, vessel, or other watercraft, or railroad car”, alongside “any yard where any lumber, coal, or other goods or chattels are deposited and kept for the purpose of trade.”
An example of 2nd degree burglary would be breaking into a store after hours in order to steal inventory, but keep in mind that it is just one example among many. The law defining 2nd degree burglary covers a great variety of situations, as it is intended to cast a wide net of coverage beyond the relatively specific circumstances involved in 1st degree burglary.
A conviction for 2nd degree burglary in DC carries a minimum sentence of 2 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. You may also be fined up to $37,500.
Armed Burglary in DC
There are several circumstances under which the penalty for burglary will be enhanced. One such circumstance is committing the crime while armed—in other words, committing an armed burglary.
Under DC law, “armed” means being actually armed or having readily available any pistol or other firearm (or imitation thereof) or other dangerous or deadly weapon. Examples of a “dangerous or deadly weapon” include other types of guns, any sort of knife, or metallic knuckles—but the list is certainly not limited to those examples. Anything that is used or intended to be used to cause serious bodily injury or death qualifies as a “dangerous or deadly weapon”. The legal definition is broad on purpose so no loopholes can be exploited.
For the first offense of armed burglary, the sentence for a basic burglary conviction can be enhanced by up to an additional 30 years in prison. If the armed burglary was committed with any pistol or firearm, the additional penalty will be at least 5 years minimum.
For a second or subsequent offense of armed burglary, the maximum additional time in prison is still 30 years, but there will be a minimum additional time of 5 years. If the armed burglary was committed with any pistol or firearm, the additional penalty for a second or subsequent offense will be at minimum 10 years instead.
Additionally, for armed burglary committed using any pistol or firearm, there will be no possibility of release or parole before the minimum additional time is served.
Other Special Enhancements to Burglary Penalties in DC
Other special penalty enhancements to burglary apply when the crime is committed against senior citizens (persons 65 years old or older) and citizen patrol members. Burglaryagainst these classes of persons will multiply the maximum penalties applicable—both fines and prison time—by 1.5 times the base amount.
In a similar vein, if the burglary is deemed a “bias-related crime”—in other words, a crime committed due to prejudice against a victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, homelessness, physical disability, matriculation, or political affiliation—the maximum penalty applicable is also multiplied by 1.5 times.
Unlawful Entry in DC
Burglary requires entry into a location with the intent to commit a crime. What about when you enter a location, but without the intent to commit a crime?
As an example of this situation, let us say that you were denied entry to a nightclub by a bouncer. If you sneak into the nightclub through a back door, you did enter a location (without authorization, too), but there was no intent to commit a crime. You just wanted to enter the club.
In that case, the offense you would likely be charged within DC is “unlawful entry”. Under DC law, the offense of “unlawful entry” replaces the more commonly known offense of “breaking and entering.” Per DC Code §22–3302, the definition of unlawful entry (aka breaking and entering) is the entering—or attempting to enter—of any property without lawful authority; or remaining on a property once lawful authority to do so is revoked.
Unlawful entry is treated as a misdemeanoroffense in the District of Columbia and conviction carries a maximum penalty of up to 180 days of jail time and/or up-to $1,000 in fines.
The bias-related crime enhancement applies to unlawful entry, multiplying the basic penalties by 1.5 times if the circumstances are applicable.
While there is no special enhancement for committing unlawful entry while armed, a prosecutor can argue that being armed demonstrates you had the intent to commit a crime, upgrading the offense into a burglary.
Getting a DC Burglary Lawyer or DC Unlawful Entry Lawyer
Navigating burglary or unlawful entry charges can be difficult and stressful, especially when a burglary is a felony offense in DC. That is why it is vital to consult an experienced DC Burglary Lawyer or DC Unlawful Entry Lawyer immediately if you are facing such charges.
The expert, professional attorneys at Ervin Kibria Law can help you sort out your options and develop solid, aggressive defense strategies to get your charges dismissed or at least minimize the penalties you face. Contact us today for a free consultation.