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theft & property crimes Archives

Don't let a theft charge ruin your future

Theft charges are sometimes seen as minor issues instead of the very serious matters that they are. When you are facing one of these charges, you need to focus on two things. One of these is the possible penalties that you are facing if you are convicted. The other is how the conviction might impact the rest of your life.

Property crime charges often have some physical evidence

We recently discussed how trying to show off your artwork by painting objects that don't belong to you can lead to criminal charges. Vandalism is a wide-reaching charge that can apply in many cases. The one thing that is certain when you are facing these charges is that you will need to find out what options you have for your defense.

Make sure you don't commit vandalism to show off your art

Street art is a beautiful thing, when it is done in the right places. You can't just go show off your craft in random places and on whatever you want. If you do go and spray paint someone else's property, you could face criminal charges for vandalism.

Know the possible effects of a theft conviction and fight them

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.

Don't get caught shoplifting unless you want legal troubles

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.

Learn strategies to fight against property crime charges

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.

Arson is a serious crime with severe penalties

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.

Consider the consequences of all charges, even minor ones

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.

What is aggravated arson?

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.

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