CRIMINAL PROPERTY OFFENSES
Theft is the illegal, nonconsensual taking of another persons property. This term is sometimes used as an umbrella term encompassing larceny, burglary, embezzlement, looting, and similar crimes.
A person commits a home invasion crime when, without authority, he or she knowingly enters a home of another, when he or she knows or has reason to know that the home is occupied, and intentionally causes a crime within the dwelling. Simply threatening to use force against an occupant of the invaded home may also be sufficient to trigger the home invasion charge.
Burglaries of homes that are committed when the occupants are present are considered home invasions, and are usually punished more severely than other burglaries. Use of a weapon in the course of a home invasion will draw the most severe criminal penalties.
Robbery is a type of theft distinguished by the use of force, intimidation, and/or violence to seize someone elses property. Armed robbery refers to a specific type of robbery that involves the use of a weapon, a replica of a weapon, or the pretense of having a weapon. An armed robbery charge is one of the most serious charges an individual can face and may be filed in conjunction with illegal possession and/or assault with a deadly weapon charges.
A conviction on charges of theft, home invasion, burglary, robbery or armed robbery often results in severe consequences, including:
> Lengthy prison sentence
> Restitution to the victims
> Mandatory counseling
> Criminal record that can affect the rest of your life
The consequences an individual may face will depend on a number of factors such as prior convictions, parole/probation status, and other circumstances surrounding the case.
Defenses of property offenses may potentially include:
> Insufficient evidence
> Factual innocence
> Authority to be on the property
> Unintentional causing of injury
If you need an effective Criminal Defense Attorney, please contact us for a free Criminal Property Offenses consultation.