Property Crimes Differ From Other Forms of Crime in What Way?
In Texas, minor crimes can have major consequences. Property crimes are considered less serious than other offenses, but they can carry an additional stigma. It is important to speak with a Plano criminal lawyer as early as possible to tackle the charges head-on.
What offenses are considered property crimes?
Property crimes include offenses that affect real or personal property, as well as financial accounts or personal identities. They can include theft and shoplifting, burglary, receipt of stolen goods, embezzlement, fraud, forgery, identity theft, vandalism, and arson.
In Texas, a property crime can be charged as a misdemeanor, a felony, or somewhere in between. The seriousness of a given property offense is based on factors like the value of the property involved, the relationship between the accused and the victim, and even special characteristics of the property– or where it took place. An experienced Dallas criminal lawyer can work with you and the prosecutors to potentially avoid a felony charge or conviction.
Personal crimes are based on actions against individuals. For example, robbery (a personal crime) is similar to theft (a property crime), except it requires an assault or a threat of imminent harm or death. Other personal crimes include kidnapping, homicide, battery, false imprisonment, and rape.
Statutory crimes can be personal or property crimes, but some do not require harm to anyone else. Statutory crimes include drug, alcohol, and traffic offenses. Like the other categories, statutory crimes can range in severity from a minor traffic ticket to alcohol-related vehicular homicide.
Effects of property and non-property crimes
If you are convicted of or plead guilty to a crime, the immediate punishments are related to how the offense is charged. A misdemeanor may only carry a fine while a felony conviction will result in prison time.
With any crime, you may be required to disclose your record to potential employers on rental applications when applying for professional licenses or gun permits. Some property crimes, like fraud and embezzlement, may not involve force– but they are considered crimes of dishonesty and may be used against you years later. Certain traffic offenses may prevent you from obtaining jobs that require a clean driving record.
In Texas, you may be eligible to have your record sealed. Some misdemeanors can be sealed immediately after deferred adjudication has been completed, but felonies cannot be sealed until five years have passed. However, some personal crimes– namely, violent offenses– cannot be sealed so those can stay with you for a very long time.
Speak with a Texas criminal lawyer
If you have been charged with a crime in the DFW area– or have reason to believe that you may be– then be proactive and speak with an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Andrew Peveto is a Texas native who is dedicated to fighting for the best outcomes for his clients. Call Peveto Law today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
- FBI, Crime in the United States: Property Crime, https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/property-crime/property-crime