Many people use the terms burglary and robbery interchangeably; however, these are very different charges. The thing that they have in common is that they have to do with theft of property.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depending upon the amount of a theft, Theft by Unlawful Taking can be a very serious crime. The Pennsylvania Crimes Code states that a person is guilty of theft if he intentionally receives, retains, or disposes of movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, unless the property is received, retained, or disposed with intent to restore it to the owner. Receiving stolen property charges are fairly common in PA. Identity Theft In order to be found guilty of receiving stolen property, the Commonwealth must prove that you had knowledge that the property was stolen once you received it. Movable property is any property that can be moved from one location to another, such as a laptop or a necklace. If you have received, retained or disposed of the property with the intention of returning it to its owner, then you may have a defense for the charges against you.
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.