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Property cries include misdemeanors and felonies. The penalties vary greatly depending on the level of the crime. Non-citizens will face additional challenges and potential consequences when suspected of these offenses.

Some property crimes come with long prison terms, so it is important to seek all possible defense strategies. An Atlanta property crimes lawyer can help defend against allegations of criminal conduct.

Regardless of how severe the allegations may be, the law presumes that you are innocent until proven guilty. An attorney will work to protect your rights through the process and seek ways to improve your case’s outcome.

Property Crimes in Atlanta

Property crimes primarily focus on the illegal taking of another person’s property. There are multiple different types of theft-related offenses, though, and they range in severity.

The following theft-related property crimes are common in Georgia:

  • Petty Theft: The law considers this offense a misdemeanor, and it includes actions such as skipping out on a bill or stealing low-value objects from a shop
  • Receipt of Stolen Property: This crime involves knowingly taking into possession another person’s property and intending to prevent the owner from reclaiming that property
  • Robbery: If a person commits theft through the use of threats, the law will define that crime as robbery
  • Larceny: Larceny involves taking another person’s property with the intent to deprive them of the property or possession
  • Embezzlement: This white collar crime occurs when a person in a trusted fiduciary position unlawfully diverts assets into their control
  • Extortion: This crime occurs when a person illegally uses threats of harm to gain control of another person’s property

Arson is another form of property that involves setting another person’s property on fire rather than taking that property. Each of the listed offenses can result in prison terms. An Atlanta criminal defense attorney can counsel a person on the potential strategies for defending against charges.

Penalties for Theft Crimes

Theft crime penalties vary depending on many various factors. If the prosecutors charge the defendant with a felony, the sentence may include anywhere from one to twenty years in prison and hefty monetary fines. If the crime is a first-time misdemeanor theft, the defendant will not face more than one year in jail and might have the option of entering a pretrial division program.

If the crime includes the use of a weapon, the charges may include armed robbery. Armed robbery is a crime that includes a mandatory minimum sentence. A conviction for this offense cannot lead to less than a ten-year prison sentence and might involve up to twenty years behind bars.

Previous criminal convictions may also impact sentencing and other consequences. Property crimes in Atlanta are serious, and those accused will need to find a criminal defense lawyer.

Consequences for Immigrants

Non-citizens convicted of certain crimes may face deportation. Even legal immigrants with the right to be in the United States may face removal.

Theft can be considered a crime of moral turpitude. Crimes of moral turpitude create the grounds for deportation. Hiring an attorney to defend against property crimes in Atlanta is vital for non-citizens.

Common Defense Strategies for Property Crimes in Atlanta

The proper defense will vary depending on the facts of the case. Sometimes the charges are incorrect, or the police mistakenly accused one person of being the perpetrator because of misidentification. A witness or alibi may be enough to clear the defendant in such cases.

Theft crimes involve an element of intent. If the defendant took the property because they believed it was theirs, then there is no intent and, therefore, no crime. However, sometimes the best strategy will be to seek a lesser charge.

If the stolen property is worth more than $500, the defendant may face felony charges. If the actual value is less, the property crime might qualify as a misdemeanor in Atlanta.

Hiring an Attorney for Property Crimes in Atlanta

Property crimes can include minor offenses and penalties that may lead to decades in prison. Many factors will impact the charges and potential sentences.

An experienced Atlanta property crimes lawyer can help a defendant find a strategy that will help protect their future. If you are facing charges for any property-related offenses, speak to an experienced attorney.

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