ORLANDO PROPERTY CRIMES AND BURGLARIES LAWYER
Property crimes are cases where a person is accused of taking or damaging another person’s “stuff” without permission. If you have been accused of taking someone else’s belongings, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending value of the property taken.
It is also a crime to damage someone else’s belongings. The seriousness of the offense is based on the estimated cost of the damage, and the way the damage was created. For example, arson is a very serious crime. Even if an insurance company covers the damage or theft, you may still be charged with a crime and required to pay restitution.
Burglary occurs when a person enters the vehicle, business, or home of another without their permission with intent to commit another crime while inside. That secondary crime is not always a theft. It can be nearly any crime, such as an assault or battery, or entering a property with the intent to use drugs while inside. Burglaries are always a felony, but sometimes the charge can be reduced to a trespass, depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Burglary can be punishable by prison time, and these charges are taken very seriously by the State Attorney’s Office.
If you are charged with a property crime, and it is your first offense, you may be eligible for a diversion program. Diversion programs are often similar to being placed on probation, but if you complete all of the requirements, the charges against you are dropped. Common requirements include community service, anger management or impulse control classes, restitution, and a no contact and no return order.
Property Crimes include:
- Criminal Mischief
- Grand Theft of Property over $300
- Petit Theft
- Retail Theft (Shoplifting)
- Theft of a vehicle
- Disturbing the Peace
- Disorderly Conduct
- Criminal Mischief
Burglary Crimes include:
- Burglary of a Conveyance or Vehicle
- Commercial Burglary
- Burglary of a Structure
- Burglary of a Dwelling or Home
- Burglary with an Assault or Battery
- Home Invasion Robbery
- Armed Burglary with a Weapon or Firearm.
Other Related Crimes include:
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Receiving Money from a Pawnbroker
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