While property crimes are categorized as non-violent offenses, the reality is that being charged with one can result in significant penalties. If you or someone you love has been charged with a property crime in Phoenix, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
At Nunez Law Firm, PLLC, our Phoenix property crime defense attorneys have extensive experience helping clients handle these charges, and we will be a strong advocate standing by your side throughout this process.
When you are facing a property crime in Phoenix, you need to turn to a criminal defense attorney with experience to protect your freedom, livelihood, and reputation. Let the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC get to work on your behalf today.
Defending a property crime charge can be complicated, but a skilled criminal defense attorney in Phoenix will have the resources necessary to help you through this. An attorney can conduct a full investigation into the charges against you and will not rely solely on the information given to them by law enforcement and prosecutors.
Your attorney can investigate the facts of your case and work to obtain any evidence that has not already been discovered. This could include undiscovered video or photo surveillance related to the incident. Your lawyer can also speak to any witnesses involved in the case.
Importantly, a Phoenix property crimes defense lawyer can handle all negotiations with prosecutors in an effort to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. If you are convicted of a crime, your attorney can work to negotiate a more favorable sentence on your behalf.
There are various different charges that a person can face related to property crimes. You will not find a sole charge called “property crime” in the Arizona statutes. At the Nunez Law Firm, we have clients who are facing a range of property crime-related charges.
Arson is defined as the intentional burning of most any type of property, including any building or structure, all types of land, forest or wildlands, private or public property. Penalties for an arson charge become more severe if the crime causes bodily injury, for the burning of inhabited buildings, or occurs with the intent to defraud insurance carriers. In addition to the penalties associated with an arson charge, a person convicted will be responsible for the costs of emergency response and investigation into the incident.
Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a home or other closed structure with the intention of stealing property or committing another crime. A person can face a burglary charge if they break into a house, dorm room, apartment, factory, garage, trailer, school, etc. If burglary is committed while that person is in possession of a deadly weapon, they will be arrested and charged with felony burglary. A person can be convicted of burglary even if they did not use force or violence in the commission of the crime. Any attempt to steal something from an enclosed structure could result in a burglary charge.
Anybody who knowingly enters or unlawfully remains on a property that is not theirs could be charged with trespassing. A person can be accused of trespassing if they are occupying a property that has a posted notice warning the public that entry is not allowed. A person can also face trespassing charges if they remain on private property after the owner of the property has asked them to leave.
Robbery in Arizona is defined as using force or the threat of force to take property or money from another person. To face robbery charges, the crime must involve a direct encounter with the other person. For example, threatening the cashier to open the cash register or safe will be considered robbery. Robbery is going to be considered a violent crime regardless of whether or not a person is injured during the commission of the crime.
Shoplifting is one of the more common types of theft in Arizona, and this is defined by concealing a product while shopping with the intention of not paying for it, changing the price tag on a product to lower the purchase price, or using a device to facilitate theft. Depending on the value of the property shoplifted, a person can face various levels of misdemeanor or felony offenses In Arizona.
Theft is defined as intentionally taking property that belongs to somebody else. This can include taking property from somebody’s residence, renting an item and not returning it, receiving a meal at a restaurant and not paying for it, and more. In Arizona, there are various levels of theft charges that a person could face, and they depend on the value of the property stolen. If a person steals more than $1,000 worth of property or services, they will be charged with a class 6 felony offense in Arizona.
Motor vehicle theft charges can apply if a person steals or attempts to steal a motor vehicle. A person can face motor vehicle theft charges even if they are not successful and actually stealing the vehicle. There are various types of motor vehicles that could be stolen that can lead to these charges, including passenger cars, trucks, SUVs, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and more.
You may see this commonly referred to as “malicious mischief,” and this charge occurs when someone has defaced, degraded, or destroyed another person’s property. This charge can be applied for something as minor as graffiti or even an egg being thrown at a person’s house. However, this can also be applied to the destruction of a vehicle (or other property) or when a person attempts to destroy something to lessen its value.
The team at the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC is ready to stand by your side and ensure that you have quality legal representation throughout the entirety of your case. Our Phoenix property crime defense attorneys firmly believe that everybody deserves skilled legal representation to help get the charges against them reduced or even dismissed. If you or somebody you care about is facing criminal charges related to property crimes in Phoenix, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible, contact us to schedule a case review.