Property Crimes

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Although property crimes charges do not have the same stigma as violent crimes against persons, they can still be life-chaning. Depending on the circumstances, property crimes can be charged as a "strike" felony.

In addition, the judge can order that you pay restitution for damaged or stolen property, even if the property was insured. A certified criminal law specialist like Robert F. Landheer will fight to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether.

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Vandalism exceeding $400 can be charged as a felony.

What Are Common Property Crimes?


Taking another person's property without permission and intending to keep the property is a theft. Theft is divided into two degrees, the first of which is termed grand theft; the second, petty theft. Theft is a crime of moral turpitude that can affect your ability to obtain citizenship and certain jobs.


Entering into a structure with intent to commit a theft or any felony is a burglary. Burglary of an inhabited structure is first degree burglary and is punishable by imprisonment of 2, 4, or 6 years. Inhabited structures include house boats, trailer coaches, and commercial property adjoined to a residence.

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Vandalism is intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying property that belongs to another person. If the amount of damage exceeds $400, it can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If the amount of the damage exceeds $10,000, the judge can ordered a fine of up to $50,000.

Auto Theft

Taking another person's car without permission, even for a short trip, can be felony auto-theft. A conviction for auto theft can cause the DMV to suspend or revoke your driver's license. A second conviction is punishable by imprisonment for 2, 3, or 4 years.
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What Is Restitution?

Restitution is court-ordered payment for damaged or stolen property. If a Defendant does not agree with the amount of restitution requested by the district attorney, the judge will schedule a hearing to determine the restitution amount. An experienced criminal defense attorney can fight to limit the amount of restitution ordered by the judge.