Crimes against property are treated very seriously in Atlanta. Some of these types of offenses are misdemeanors, while others are felonies which can potentially carry lengthy prison sentences. The following is some information on the most commonly charged property crimes in Atlanta
Every day, people are charged with property crimes in Atlanta whether they are charged with burglary, criminal trespass or criminal damage, they need legal advice and help from the best Atlanta criminal lawyers
Burglary is a type of property crime. When somebody enters someone else's property, whether it is forced entry or not, with the intent of committing a felony or theft, it is a burglary. Burglary is punishable by one to twenty years in prison on the first offense.
Another type of property crime is called criminal trespassing. Entering someone else’s land, vehicle or premises for an illegal purpose is criminal trespassing. Also, it would be considered criminal trespassing when someone enters someone’s property despite being given a notice not to come back or remains on another person’s property when told to leave. The intentional damage of another person’s property can also be criminal trespassing in the first degree, punishable by a maximum of a year in jail.
Second degree criminal damage is also a form of property crime. The destruction of property, whether recklessly or intentionally, by means of fire or explosives, or leading to repairs exceeding $500 is a second-degree criminal damage. This is a felony and punishable by one to five years in prison. Other penalties for this crime can include community service, fines, and restitution to the victim. If you have criminal damage on record, it could be hard to get certain jobs and your reputation may be harmed.
Police and prosecutors will often overcharge these types of cases. For example, many of our clients find themselves charged with Burglary when their actions may only rise to the level of Criminal Trespass.
There are many options available for your defense. You could state that there were no fences or warning signs about trespassing. You could question whether or not the property was open to the public. To be proven guilty, they have to have evidence saying that you in fact created the damage, which offers another line of defense. You could also state that when asked to leave the premises, you left immediately. Some people are charged with something much more than what they actually did. For example, someone could be charged with burglary when actually it was just criminal trespassing.
Don't let the state take advantage of you. Get the right attorney for the job. The Atlanta criminal lawyers at the Margolis Legal Group, P.C will fight against your charges and protect your rights during the legal process. They are always prepared to present their case in the most professional way. Margolis Legal Group, P. C. investigates the crime before going to court so they have a strong statement, by interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. Margolis Legal Group can also help you if you are being charged with an offense more serious than the one you committed.