McKinney Property Crime Lawyer
While most Texas property crimes do not involve physical aggression, assault, or malice, the penalties can reach $10,000 in fines and up to 99 years in jail. If you have been arrested for criminal mischief, McKinney property crime lawyer Andrew Peveto will make sure your rights are respected and will fight to have the charges reduced or dropped altogether. Our firm represents citizens in Collin County, including Dallas-Fort Worth and the fast-growing metropolis of McKinney.
Property Crime Cases We Handle
Peveto Law deals with a number of property crime cases, including:
- Vandalism / Criminal Mischief – Criminal mischief refers to the willful or reckless destruction of property. Tampering with plumbing, keying a car, breaking a window, drawing on the side of a house, or carving names into a park bench can all be characterized as vandalism.
- Burglary – Illegal entry into a vehicle or building with the intent to steal, assault, or commit vandalism counts as “burglary,” in the eyes of the law – whether the end goal is reached or not. If the building is a place where someone lives, the penalties are more severe.
- Theft – Taking cash, checks, or physical property without the owner’s permission is considered “theft.”
- Robbery – Robbery involves theft with intentional injury or threat of harm. “Aggravated” robbery involves the possession of a deadly weapon.
- Shoplifting – Theft from a retail store or business without paying or consent is considered shoplifting.
Get a Property Crime Attorney in McKinney, TX
Texans value their wealth, property, and personal property, so it is no surprise that law enforcement takes property crime in McKinney very seriously. In enlisting the help of a property crime attorney, McKinney residents can mitigate some of the more severe consequences.
- Criminal Mischief: At minimum, vandalism may be charged as a Class C Misdemeanor (if the loss is valued under $100), which is punishable by a fine up to $500. For losses over $150,000, criminal mischief can be charged as a second or first-degree felony, which carries prison sentences of 5-99 years and fines of up to $10,000.
- Burglary: In Texas, burglary can be charged as: a state jail felony if the building was NOT a habituation (six months to two years in jail); a felony of the second degree if the building WAS a habituation (2-20 years in prison); or a felony of the first degree (5 years to life in prison). The fine for any of these punishments can reach up to $10,000.
- Theft: If you steal $50 or less in money or property without the owner’s permission, it is considered “petty” theft. Stealing $50 to $500 in property is classified a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and fines up to $2,000.
- Robbery: Robbery is charged as a felony of the second degree in Texas, which carries two to 20 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. If the crime is elevated to aggravated robbery, the penalty increases to five to 99 years in state prison.
- Shoplifting – Punishments range from a fine of $500 for a Class C Misdemeanor ($50 or less) to 5-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for a First Degree Felony.
Intent matters. You can be charged with a Dallas property crime even if nothing was damaged or stolen. That is why it’s always prudent to find an experienced lawyer who can clear your good name.
Defenses Against Property Crime Charges
After hiring a property crime lawyer, McKinneyresidents often wonder what a realistic outcome might be. The best case scenario is that the investigative arm of Peveto Law uncovers a case of mistaken identity or egregious wrongdoing on the part of law enforcement officials handling your case – which results in the outright dismissal of your case. We’ll also focus on one or more of the following avenues to mitigate the charges against you:
- The property value is less than what the plaintiff says it is.
- You were forced to steal or destroy property under threat of harm, injury, or death.
- You took the item or damaged the property by mistake because you thought it was yours.
- You were in an emergency situation, for which there was no alternative other than the action taken.
Start Planning Your McKinney Property Crime Defense
McKinney property crime lawyer Andrew Peveto has the local experience, respect, and winning track record necessary to fight for your rights and clemency. Contact Peveto Law today to discuss your case. We understand the stress you’re under and the consequences you face, which is why we offer free consultations to put your mind at ease.