Property Crimes in Georgia
Georgia laws about property crimes are confusing and complicated to most people. There are many different types of property crimes covered under Georgia law and they carry punishments varying from jail time to fines. Property crimes can include taking a physical item from someone, not paying for a service provided to you, threatening someone to get property, or charging for a job that was never completed.
The Office of Lawson and Berry and their Attorneys have over 20 years experience and are familiar with the subtle differences that distinguish each of the crimes and can help you build a strong defense. Don't wait because you and your loved one's future depends on it. Call us today and schedule a free consultation. These are just a few examples from the wide field of property crimes:
Armed Robbery: The difference between armed robbery and the simple crime of robbery is that during armed robbery, a weapon was used during the taking of the property from another.
Burglary: Occurs when a person breaks and enters into any structure with the intent to commit a felony therein such as kidnapping or assault or many other crimes.
Conversion of Payments for Real Property Improvements: Occurs when a contractor uses the proceeds of payments made to him for other purposes than what was intended.
Entering Auto: Occurs when a person enters a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime.
Hijacking: Occurs when a person uses a firearm or weapon to gain possession of a motor vehicle.
Possession of tools for the commission of a crime: Occurs when a purpose possess any tool, explosive, or other object normally used in the commission of burglary, theft, or some other crime with the intent to use the tool to commit a crime.
Robbery: Occurs when a person takes property from another person with the intent to commit theft. Robbery can occur by use of force, intimidation, or by a sudden snatching.
Shoplifting: Occurs when a person takes merchandise without paying for it or by depriving the owner of the merchandise of its value.
Theft by Conversion: Occurs when a person takes money from another to use for a specific purpose but uses it for their own use.
Theft by Deception: Occurs when a person obtains some property from another through deceitful means.
Theft by Extortion: Occurs when a person threatens or intimidates another to gain control over their property.
Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property: Occurs when you find something that belongs to someone else and you do not make any attempts to return it to the rightful owner.
Theft by Receiving Stolen Property: Occurs when a person receives goods that they knew or should have known were stolen.
Theft of Services: Occurs when a person receives a service without intention of paying for it. An example is maid service or room service without you paying for it.
Theft by Shoplifting: Occurs when you either change the price of an item, conceal an item, or fail to pay the correct price for the item.
Theft by Taking: Occurs when a person unlawfully takes possession of an item, good, or property that belongs to someone else. Most common form of theft in Georgia.
Penalty for a Property Crime Conviction in Georgia
The penalty for the majority of theft crimes depends upon the value of the property taken, stolen, or converted. If the value is less than $500, then the crime will most likely be treated as a misdemeanor. If the value of the property is greater than $500, then the crime will likely be deemed a felony. However, the judge does have the discretion to treat the crime as a misdemeanor or felony. The penalty for a misdemeanor or felony can be a prison sentence or a fine. Judges may allow for a probation to be served instead of jail. In addition to prison time or a fine, you could also have a civil lawsuit filed against you by the victim or be required to pay restitution damages. It is crucial that you have a Georgia Theft Attorney that is familiar with the options and can advocate effectively for you.
Defenses to Property Crimes in Georgia
While each crime has defenses that specifically apply to it, some defenses that generally apply to theft crimes include:
Consent or permission to possess the property: Any writing or evidence that the suspect had permission from the owner to take ownership or control over the property will be a complete defense.
Innocence: If you have an alibi or witness testimony that can support a claim of your innocence, our Attorneys could use that to help obtain an acquittal.
Lack of Intent: If you did not mean to commit a crime or lacked the intent to complete the crime, this could be a defense to some of the theft crimes but not all.
Mistake as to the Value of the Property: If the property is valued over $500, then the crime will be charged as a felony. But it if is under $500, it will be a misdemeanor.
There are a plethora of other arguments that can be used to defend your case so call one of our Georgia Property Crime Attorneys today. Your Lawyer will tailor a strong defense based on your case.
It is critical that you have an experienced Georgia Property Crime Attorney to navigate the ins and outs of the laws. Your Georgia Lawyer will help defend you against the charges and protect your valuable legal and civil rights. They will be with you every step of the way and they are dedicated to your case. That means they can be reached anytime- days, nights, and weekends. Contact our Lawyers to schedule a consultation. Don't wait to call because a property crime conviction will have serious consequences.