When it comes to crimes against property, such as theft and burglary, many people don't understand just how serious the punishment can be.
If you're charged with one of these crimes, it's important to understand your legal rights and the potential consequences of a conviction. This is particularly true if the charges against you are false.
The severity of a burglary or theft charge is based on a variety of factors, including the value of the item that was allegedly stolen as well as the other circumstances surrounding the event.
For example, burglary is often prosecuted as a felony, making it much more serious than a crime that is considered a misdemeanor. As a result, the punishment can include prison time.
Some of the most common types of theft and burglary crimes include: shoplifting, grand theft, breaking into a motor vehicle, and robbery with the force (or use) of threat.
Since every burglary and theft case is different, there is no way of knowing for sure what the future will bring.
At our law firm, we have many years experience defending people who have been charged with burglary or theft. In many cases, we find that the charges are excessive, which can lead to a person being punished in a manner that is not consistent with the crime.
If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary or theft, there is no time to wait around and ponder the future. Instead, it's important to know how the legal system works and which defense strategy will put you in the best position to avoid serious trouble.