Theft charges come in a variety of types. Just last week, we discussed shoplifting and the troubles that come along with it. Other types of theft charges, such as burglary, are also possible. When it comes to thefts, the circumstances of the event determine what charges will be levied against the defendant.
Shoplifting is so common that many stores have included signs in restrooms and dressing rooms warning people that shoplifting is a criminal act. This doesn't mean that it is okay to shoplift. In fact, quite the opposite is true. If you are facing shoplifting charges, you should find out how points in the law apply to your case.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how serious arson charges can be. If you recall, we touched on how these charges come after lengthy investigations. For the people who are facing these charges, planning a defense can take time because the prosecution's case has to be evaluated.
Setting things on fire isn't something that is good to do unless you are having a bonfire or lighting a fireplace or barbecue pit. Setting things, such as building or forests, on fire with a malicious intent or to commit fraud is a criminal act known as arson. This is usually a felony charge because it can lead to death, injury and destruction of personal property.
Shoplifting is viewed by some people as a minor crime. While it is true that shoplifting charges aren't nearly as serious as murder charges, you might still have to deal with very harsh consequences if you are convicted of the shoplifting charge. If you are facing this type of charge, you should carefully consider how your defense is going to be handled.
Aggravated arson is a fairly new term in Pennsylvania. The law creating it as an official offense only came about back in 2014. It was in response to a string of fires that happened in 2008 and 2009. Authorities said that these were set on purpose, and there were more than 30 of them in that short time period.
There are many laws in Pennsylvania and some of them you might not have heard of before. However, if you are facing a charge for a crime like criminal mischief, it's important that you know what the possible penalties are as well as the elements of the crime.
In Pennsylvania, the term "theft" is used instead of larceny to describe the crime of taking someone else's property. There are various types of theft listed in the state statutes, including:
Theft is prevalent across the country, including in Pennsylvania. Theft and property crimes comprise different types of offenses, one of which is identity theft, which occurs when an individual uses another person's identifying information -- without that person's consent -- for purposes that are unlawful. Personal information is more accessible than ever with the increased use of technology.