Property crime refers to a multitude of common crimes that involve the destruction or theft of another person’s property or money. In these cases, there is rarely harm to the victim of the attack, but there is typically significant monetary loss. Those accused of property crimes may face serious and life changing consequences, such as fines equivalent to the damaged property, jail time, and a possible felony charge. A criminal conviction for property crimes will also appear on future background checks and may affect your ability to find employment or housing. The penalties for property crimes can be severe, but they will depend on the type of crime committed, your criminal history, and the leniency of the judge presiding over the case.
If you have been accused of property crime, you deserve a fair trial to determine your involvement in the act. Many courts may view you as guilty before you have been appropriately tried and may choose to enact unnecessarily harsh punishments. You need an experienced property crimes attorney from Truslow & Truslow to help represent your case and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings.
Types of Property Crimes
According to the FBI, approximately $14.3 billion was lost in property crimes across the United States in 2016. Of the crimes that were committed, the types of penalties the defendants faced were dependent on the severity of the crime. The degree of severity is determined by different factors of the crime, including the amount or type of items destroyed or stolen, the use of force or arms while committing the crime, or causing physical harm to the plaintiff.
Of the multitude of possible property crimes, the most common include:
- Petit Larceny
- Grand Larceny
In some cases, even if the property was not destroyed or stolen, the defendant may still face charges on account of unlawful entry or other unlawful behavior. This may result in serious penalties, even in the event that the property crime itself was not committed.
Contact a Columbia Property Crimes Attorney
A property crime accusation does not have to damage your reputation or destroy your life. In all criminal cases, the plaintiff has the burden of proof, meaning they must give adequate proof that you committed the crime they claim. In these cases, legal representation can help you counter these accusations and make a case in order to drop the charge or reduce the sentence. The property crimes attorneys at Truslow & Truslow offer knowledgeable and compassionate service to each of our clients. We believe you should not be treated as a guilty party until a court decision has been made, and will do our best to prove your innocence.