There are many different types of crimes that fall into this category. Theft, fraud and other property crimes are very serious and it is important to have your attorney involved in your defense as soon as possible. Property crimes can be charged as misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors or felonies and this is determined by the value of the property involved and other aggravating factors.
Examples of Property Crimes
Steve has defended many types of property crimes, but some of the more common types of property crimes are:
- Vehicle Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Possession of Shoplifting Gear
- Possession of theft related tools
- Wire Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Check Fraud
- Bad Checks
- Stolen or Counterfeit Checks
- Issuance of Dishonored Checks
- Employee Theft
You will note that the above crimes do not involve the use of force or threat of force against a person. That is why Robbery is not on the above list. The above crimes involve two groups of property, stolen property and destroyed property. Burglary differs from robbery in that Burglary usually involves an unoccupied dwelling or unoccupied building.
Common Property Crimes
Most property crimes involving stolen property involve high valued items such as electronics, jewelry, power tools, equipment,money or vehicles. The most common property crimes involve items that are concealable, have high value and can be converted into cash if desired. Theft of cash is THE most common property crime followed by other high valued items.
Most Minnesota cities take property crimes VERY seriously because they involve protecting items that are important to all members of society. If you are charged with or are being investigated for a possible property crime, it is very important that you contact an attorney quickly so that you can have a good property crime defense. You need to also remember that you do not have to speak to the police or other investigators at all. Anything that you do say if you have been arrested or are being investigated can be used against you, so it is usually recommended that you refuse to talk and ask to speak with your attorney.
Importance Of A Good Property Crime Defense
Shoplifting is also fairly common and most stores, especially the big box stores or national chains, insist on full prosecution of shoplifters. Even if the property stolen is if little value, a shoplifting conviction or other property crime conviction can have a massive negative impact on other areas of your life. Employers look at property crimes as major red flags when thinking about hiring people and many professions will not allow people convicted of property crimes to become licensed.
Call 612 807-5101 If You’ve Been Charged With A Property Crime