Property crimes encompass a range of offenses, including theft, burglary, arson, vandalism, and more. These charges can have severe consequences, from hefty fines to potential imprisonment. That’s why it is crucial to have a skilled and experienced law firm by your side.
Burglary, Larceny-Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, And Arson
In California, a person who commits a property crime may face misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the facts and severity of the wrongful or illegal conduct. Naturally, the penalties also depend on whether the crime has been charged as a misdemeanor or felony. However, a conviction of any of the property crimes can have severe consequences, leading to time behind bars and other life-altering penalties. If you are facing a property crime charge, or are being investigating for a property crime charge, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At ANTN Law APC, we can provide the defense you need to fight your charges and get you the best outcome possible.
Exploring the Variety of Property Crimes
The property crimes cover a wide range of offenses. Some of the most common types of property offenses include the following:
- Shoplifting – the act of stealing merchandise from a retail store without paying for it. It is considered a form of theft and is a common property crime.
- Theft – unlawfully taking someone else’s property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. It can occur in various settings, such as homes, businesses, or public spaces.
- Burglary – the unauthorized entry into a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime, typically theft. It involves breaking and entering into a premises, whether occupied or unoccupied, to steal or cause damage.
- Grand Auto Theft is the theft of a motor vehicle. This offense involves stealing a car, truck, or motorcycle without the owner’s consent.
- Arson- the deliberate act of setting fire to property, whether it is a building, vehicle, or other structure. It is a serious property crime due to the potential for significant damage and endangerment of lives.
- Vandalism – the intentional destruction, defacement, or damage to property. It can include acts such as graffiti, property destruction, or vandalism of public or private spaces.
What Are The Penalties For Property Crimes?
The penalties for property crimes vary from person to person, depending on whether the charge is filed as a misdemeanor or felony, the value of the damaged property, and/or the person’s criminal history.
At ANTN Law, we understand that allegations of property crimes may arise as a result of misunderstanding or can be isolated incidents. We also understand that you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact us for a free consultation and let us fight to maintain your innocence or present the best defense possible. Call us 24/7 at (818) 210-3554.