Property Crimes in Georgia
Learn why property crimes charges can have serious, long term consequences
While property crimes are not always notorious in nature, property crimes such as arson, robbery and extortion are considered to be very egregious. Prosecutors will intensely pursue convictions and the imposition of tough sentences. Depending upon the type of property crimes charges, and the circumstances of the case, a property crime could be a misdemeanor or a felony.
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Types of Property Crimes
Petty theft crimes, upon conviction of, will result in a criminal record, however the punishments are usually not too severe as these are almost always a misdemeanor crime. Criminal defense for most of these crimes is fairly routine, and usually not extremely expensive.
- Stealing cable TV or internet services
- Dine and Dash
- Drink and Dash
- Unauthorized use of a dumpster
- Unauthorized dumping
- Bailing out to avoid cab fare
- Turnstile jumping or "sneaking in"
- Using slugs/fake money in, or tipping, vending machines
Arson is an extremely serious criminal charge,and considered in Georgia to be a violent crime. Arson is generally defined as voluntarily and willfully setting fire to property. Arson can be classified as 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree and, if someone is injured in the fire, the arson charge becomes aggravated arson which is far worse. If convicted of arson you are facing a prison term between a minimum of one year to 20 years, plus fines up to $50,000. In Georgia, an accomplice will be charged with the same charges as if that person had actually set the fire. Arson charges are one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in Georgia.
Larceny is the wrongful taking and carrying away of personal property which is in the possession of another with the intent to convert it or permanently deprive the owner thereof. Larceny can be further defined by actions such as "by fraud" such as illegal credit card use or telemarketing cons, "by deception" such as scams and price altering, or "by tricks" such as swindling or ponzi schemes. There are additional criteria which affect how a prosecutor or judge will perceive the charges, however larceny can easily earn a prison sentence of many years.
Robbery is the unlawful taking of property from a person by threats of immediate harm, and is committed in a face-to-face manner, typically involving the threat of physical harm from a beating or use of a weapon. Robbery is a serious crime and will be prosecuted with the full intent to send the accused confined to state prison.
Extortion is the unlawful taking of property from a person by threats of future harm, and may be committed in person, via telephone, written or electronic communications, or verbally implied. Although extortion involves only the implication of inflicting harm, it remains a serious crime and will be prosecuted with the full intent to have the accused confined to state prison.
Embezzlement, also considered a white collar crime, is a means of theft which results from a breach of an implied trust. This could include situations where an employee with access to a company's cash or property steals the property, auto mechanics steal from a customer's car, or financial handlers steal a customer's funds. Embezzlement is a specific intent crime and is a criminal charge that is aggressively prosecuted. Persons convicted of embezzlement may also face civil lawsuits to seek compensation for damages.
Other Property Crimes
Other property crimes, such as receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, and shoplifting are often prosecuted less aggressively. These property crimes may result in punishment such as fines, community service or very limited jail time, and probation. Although these crimes are not particularly serious, conviction of "small property crimes" can set you up for worse treatment if you ever have another conviction for any type of crime.
After a conviction for any crime, even a future, routine traffic stop by police may result in hassles. Let us fight to keep your record clean, defend your good name, and protect your future.
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