Property crimes involve the taking of property or money without the use of force. People who are charged with property crimes avoid threatening their victims as well (visit crime solutions.gov for more information about property crimes). The type of property crimes committed can vary from a simple property theft to arson. These crimes can lead to serious legal penalties ranging from a misdemeanor to felonies. The information below provides an overview of most property crimes and how they are defined.
Common Crimes To Be Aware Of
The Crime of Arson
Arson charges stem after an investigation by a law enforcement officer, determines that a fire or explosion was started on purpose. Most of the times these cases are a result of circumstantial evidence and suspicions because of lack of witnesses who know how the fire started. An arson conviction is a serious offense and if you have been charged with this or are a victim of this offense, it is essential to speak with a crime victim’s attorney.
The Crime of Breaking and Entering
Typically, it can be difficult for law enforcement officials to uncover concrete evidence for this type of crime unless the alleged offender is caught in the act. However, if a suspect is eventually convicted, it can result in serious penalties, which can include prison and/or extreme fines. Therefore, if you or someone you know have been a victim of breaking and entering, consult with a crime victims attorney.
The Crime of Committing a Burglary
Burglary is the unlawful entry into most types of structures, including homes and businesses, with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary may be something as simple as trespassing without breaking and entering. For instance, if a door is left open and someone trespasses with the intent to commit theft, this is considered a crime of burglary. However, it is different from robbery because it does not involve force or fear in order to take another person’s merchandise.
The Many Forms Of Robbery
The Crime of Robbery
Robbery is defined as the theft of a property or money through physical force or fear against the victim. If a deadly weapon such as a gun is used during a robbery attempt, it can lead to more serious offenses such as “armed” or “aggravated” robbery, for more information about gun and knife violence, go here and here. If you have been a victim of any type of robbery, it is essential that a crime victim or personal injury attorney is contacted to review and discuss your case.