You may have heard that possession is 9/10th’s of the law. This is a saying we hear quite often. This popular legal phrase is a simple expression that means ownership is easier to maintain if a person has possession of something and difficult to enforce if a person does not. This is also the basis of property crime.
Property crimes come in all different types, sizes, and levels of impact. Let’s take a deeper dive into what this type of crime entails, as well as what to do if you’ve been accused or arrested for property crimes in Louisiana.
Table of Contents
- What is Property Crime?
- The Most Common Form of Property Crime
- What to do if You’re Accused of Property Crimes
What is Property Crime?
Property crime is a category that involves private property. It includes burglary, shoplifting, theft, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson, and vandalism. Property crimes are done to obtain money, property, a valuable item, or some other benefit. These crimes may or may not involve either force or the threat of force. This would be in cases like robbery or extortion.
The Most Common Form of Property Crime
The most common type of property crime is burglary. This is breaking and entering into a building, most often a home, with the intention of stealing. One thing that may be surprising is that this type of property crime occurs during the day more than night because most of the tenants will most likely be at work or out of the house. Rather than break in at night and risk coming face to face with the homeowner, the robbers sneak in through a window or door and take their time rummaging through the owner’s belongings. They do so in order to find the most expensive items in the house to most likely sell.
It’s important to note that burglary and theft are two different crimes, although burglaries are often committed for the purpose of theft. Burglary is entering a building with the intent to commit a crime inside and larceny is the actual theft.
What to do if You’re Accused of Property Crimes
Property crimes are serious and can get you in a lot of trouble with the law. Your future is on the line! If you find yourself in a situation where you are charged with a property crime in Louisiana, contact the defense attorney team at Ellen Cronin Badeaux.
We offer criminal defense for a variety of crimes, including property crimes. We will be there with you every step of the way, from ensuring you have a bail your family can afford, to fighting for your rights at trial, to appealing if sentencing doesn’t go our way. We’ve worked hard for many clients in the past, and we will do so for you as well. Don’t take on a battle this serious without our lawyers by your side!