Several types of property crimes can get you into deep trouble with the law. Some include burglary, shoplifting, arson, robbery, larceny and theft. Each of these varies slightly from the other, but all have the potential to be charged as misdemeanors or felonies.
Take larceny, for example, which is when you take something from another person without consent but intend to do so to permanently remove the item from his or her possession. This may be called theft instead of larceny in some states or be treated separately. A good example of this could be if you visit a coworker’s home and take money out of his or her wallet while he or she is in another room. It’s intentional, and you don’t plan to give it back.
Arson, another property crime, is when you intentionally burn a structure or forest land. If someone is victimized by the fires, then the charges may be more severe and the penalties increase. The penalties may also be more severe if arson is used to defraud insurers or is used to threaten those in an inhabited building. A good example of arson may be if someone starts a small forest fire that then spreads and burns down a home. He or she may face additional charges since people became involved in the act.
Vandalism is another property crime involving the defacing of property. This is also known as malicious trespass, malicious mischief and criminal damage. Spray painting a wall is vandalism, just as egging a house may be considered vandalism.
In any case, it’s important to know your rights. Each of these charges could result in a prison sentence, which is something worth fighting against. Our website has more on what you can do to protect yourself.