Property Crimes in Arizona
Are you facing charges for a property crime in Arizona? If so, there could be severe penalties if the state convicts you. Property crimes include a wide range of circumstances and each requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Hiring an experienced lawyer is your best bet if you want to reduce your penalties.
Types of Property Crimes
- Burglary – In Arizona, burglary is the unlawful entry into a property with the intention to commit a theft. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) definition, any attempted forcible entry into a property is also a burglary. The felony class will depend on the burglar’s severity and the specific case. As a result, the minimum or maximum sentence range depends on the felony classification.
- Arson – Knowingly and maliciously setting fire to a building, structure or property that causes significant damage is a serious criminal offense. Arson can also include purposely setting fire to your own property to commit insurance fraud.
- Theft – Theft is taking and removing someone else’s personal property. The law considers taking anything of value as theft. In general, the most common items people steal are cash, jewelry, weapons, and vehicles. Shoplifting is a specific type of theft that includes taking products from a retail business without paying. It can also include switching containers, paying less than an item’s worth, or switching price tags to get a lower price. Classification of the theft charges depends on the value of the stolen property. Theft charges can include misdemeanors or felonies.
Property crimes in Arizona require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Each felony classification has a minimum and maximum sentence range. In addition to the potential for jail time, fines, court fees, or probation, a person convicted of criminal damage can expect to be ordered by the Court to pay restitution to the victim. The contempt power of the court can enforce that restitution order or use it as a hold on the property against future earnings.
Let the DUI Defense Team help you navigate your criminal charges and fight for your rights. Our team in Tucson, AZ has ample experience in the laws and regulations that will help you defend your case. Call us at 520-222-2222.