Property crime involves a crime that is not directly against an individual; but derives an unlawful benefit or interest from another’s property, procures property through illicit means, or that does not involve force or imminent threat of force against an individual. Property crime includes both misdemeanor and felony charges, ranging from lower level misdemeanors such as shoplifting (Class A Misdemeanor) to severe felonious crimes such as armed robbery (Class D Felony). Robbery is not always classified wholly as property crime as a force or threat to an individual is involved, whereas burglary typically involves an unoccupied dwelling or building. In 2014 alone 283,847 individuals were convicted of a property crime in the state of North Carolina.
Punishment for conviction of a property crime can vary from a fine and/or sixty days in jail to a life sentence in a penitentiary depending on the severity of the charge. Property crimes are categorized in two sections, stolen property (i.e. embezzlement or theft) and destroyed property (i.e. vandalism or arson). Property crime can be a state/federal crime depending on the mitigating circumstances of the allegations towards the individual charged. As such, the consequences for the crime vary widely depending on the severity of the charge.
If you are accused of a property crime you will need an attorney with experience to protect your rights, one who you can be counted on to be there in your time of need. With over a decade experience serving WNC, we stand beside you throughout the process. Whether you have a simple shoplifting misdemeanor charge or you are facing felony arson charges, we can help you through the criminal court process and aggressively negotiate the best outcome available to you.
We represent individuals accused of:
- Motor vehicle theft
- Armed robbery