Crimes against property can be filed as either felonies or misdemeanors. The seriousness of the offense will generally depend on the amount of damage or the danger to the public.
Some Examples of Crimes Against Property Are:
Theft – Theft is the taking of property owned by someone else without the owner’s consent while intending to deprive the owner of it permanently or to remove it from the owner’s possession for so extended a period of time that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property. The property can be moved even a small distance and kept for any period of time, however brief.
Burglary (Commercial and Residential) – To prove someone guilty of burglary the evidence must show that the defendant entered a building, a room within a building or a locked vehicle intending to commit a theft or other felony therein. There are two degrees of burglary. First degree is where the building entered is a residence (there are numerous legal definitions of what qualifies as a residence.) All other burglaries are second degree.
Fraud/Embezzlement – Fraud is the use of a plan or scheme to deprive someone of their property. Such plan or scheme includes the making of false claims or promises.
The criminal defense law firm of Bird & Bird, Attorneys at Law, is experienced in the representation of people charged with criminal acts including property crimes. They will also work tirelessly to make sure that you receive the best result possible. To schedule a free legal consultation and review of your case, call (310) 371-7711 to meet with them to discuss your circumstances.