Property Crimes in Arizona
Have you been arrested for a property crime in Arizona? You could face severe penalties if convicted. Property crime includes a wide range of circumstances that each requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Hiring an experienced lawyer is highly recommended if you want to reduce your penalties.
Types of Property Crimes
- Burglary – In Arizona unlawful entry into a property with the intention to commit a theft is all that is required to convict someone of burglary. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) definition, any attempted forcible entry into a property is also classified as burglary. The felony class will depend on the severity of the burglary and the facts of the case. The minimum or maximum sentence range will depend on the felony classification.
- Arson – This is a serious criminal offense of knowingly and maliciously setting fire to a building, structure or property that causes significant damage. It is also considered arson if one purposely sets fire to one’s own property in order to commit insurance fraud.
- Theft – Involves the taking and removing of someone else’s personal property. Anything of value is considered theft. In general, the most common items that are stolen are cash, jewelry, weapons, and vehicles. Shoplifting is a specific type of theft that includes the taking of products from a retail business without paying, the switching of containers, paying less than an item’s worth, and the switching of price tags to get a lower price. Classification of the theft charges will depend on the value of the property involved. Theft charges can be classified as 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. That restitution order can be enforced by the contempt power of the court or as a hold on the property against future earnings.
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