Criminal defense rights apply in any situation when an individual has been accused of a crime. There are a variety of different criminal defense strategies and it is important for an accused individual to understand how those strategies relate to their situation.
Theft and property crimes are serious charges for any accused person to face. In many states, robbery is defined as the theft or larceny of property or money through the use of physical force or fear. When a deadly weapon is used in the robbery or an injury is suffered in the commission of the robbery, the accused individual may face armed robbery charges, which can be particularly serious.
Many Georgia residents are likely familiar with the term burglary. In popular parlance, the word is often conflated and used interchangeably with terms like robbery and theft. Technically, however, these are words used to describe different, and discrete, categories of crimes. Though all would fall under the general heading of property crimes, there is a legal distinction between being charged with burglary or robbery.
Arson is a serious crime and criminal charges for arson should be taken seriously. It is important to understand what arson refers to. Arson can apply to the burning of property, boats or forests. Arson charges may be assigned in various degrees based on the circumstances. Arson charges are typically classified as felonies and can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused party. Circumstances of arson are regarded seriously by law enforcement and are thoroughly investigated as a result.
Theft and property crimes are serious criminal charges. When it comes to theft charges, it is important to understand how to navigate the criminal justice process. Felony charges can result from circumstances that may not initially seem as serious, such as the theft of property over $500 or entering property even when nothing is taken. In general, the range of property crimes are all serious and criminal charges associated with theft and property crimes should not be taken lightly.
Vandalism refers to the destruction or defacing of another person's property without their permission. 'Graffiti' charges are a type of vandalism that may carry significant penalties and consequences for individuals accused of graffiti crimes. In Georgia, graffiti can include words, inscriptions, figures, paintings or other defacements of property. In addition, graffiti can be written, marked, drawn, painted, sprayed, etched, scratched or engraved, or in any other way affixed, to property without the permission of the owner of the property or the occupant of the property.
If you or a loved one has been charged with vandalism, it is likely you may be wondering what the definition of vandalism is. Vandalism occurs when property is destroyed or defaced without permission. The penalties for vandalism can be significant and can include imprisonment and fines. What exactly is considered vandalism can include a number of activities such as breaking windows, damaging vehicles, graffiti or may include damaging or destroying a website.
As is true of all criminal charges, robbery charges are serious charges for anyone to be facing. For individuals facing robbery charges, and perhaps their families, they may wonder what criminal defense options are available in response to robbery charges. It is important to keep in mind that criminal defense options are always available to accused individuals who always have the right to defend against the charges they are facing.
Facing criminal charges is a situation no one ever wants to be in but protections are available to accused individuals. The head football coach and Athletic Director of a high school in a Georgia community several hours south of the Gwinnett area was recently arrested on theft charges. The football coach's wife, who serves as cheerleading coach, was also arrested on theft charges. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that the couple was arrested on theft by taking charges. The couple is facing felony charges for allegedly taking athletic funds they were responsible for administering.
There may be a tendency to think that certain criminal accusations are not as serious as others, however, it is important to keep in mind that any criminal accusation can have serious consequences. Accusations of crime can have far-reaching consequences for individuals facing them and those facing such accusations should be aware of these consequences when determining how to respond to criminal charges.