Being accused of theft is something very serious. When the incident occurred because of misunderstanding, it is even more difficult to deal with. This is what might happen if you borrow something and then don't remember to return it.
As the holiday season approaches, people will be heading out to purchase gifts. Before you venture into a store, make sure that you have what you need to cover the cost of the gifts. Having to answer to a theft charge is something that can be a nightmare, so make sure that everything you leave the store with is paid for in full.
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.