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.
Bribery cases and other public corruptions cases such as theft can cause quite a commotion in the media and attract a lot of unwanted attention. Bribery is a type of theft crime and typically involves bribing public officials with large amounts of money or something of value in exchange for some sort of decision or action that will benefit the person making the bribe. There have been several different bribery cases that have gained major media attention over past years. One well-known case in Pennsylvania is known as "kids for cash". Identity Theft This case involved President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan receiving large amounts of money from Robert Mericle, builder of private for-profit youth detention centers, in return for imposing harsh penalties on juveniles in order to fill more beds at his detention centers. Ciavarella and Conahan were ultimately found guilty on several charges.
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.