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Vandalism charge could have lasting impact

Have you or a loved one been accused of vandalism? Vandalism can be defined in two ways in Georgia, as criminal trespass or as criminal damage to property. If the damage caused by vandalism exceeds $500, it could result in a felony charge. Most wouldn't consider vandalism a felony, but it can be tried that way in this state.

Armed robbery, other crimes facing accused Gwinnett county man

There are many ways a person can commit a crime against another. Violent crimes top the list as the most serious in terms of outcomes for those involved and potential penalties for those accused. Recently, police in Gwinnett county were on the look-out for a burglary suspect. After a recent home invasion turned deadly, they now believe they have their man.

Theft & property crimes can have far-reaching consequences

There are many non-violent crimes one can be accused of. However, one type of crime that can have far-reaching consequences is theft & property crimes. Why is theft such a big deal? What factors can compound a theft accusation to make the charge more serious?

Avoid future impacts of theft and property crimes charges

There is more at stake than just your reputation when accused of a crime. While word may spread quickly in a small town, word can spread even quicker by those who have access to the internet. Since arrests are a matter of public record, you may be wondering what other potential impact a charge of theft and property crimes could have on you and your family.

Former Gwinnett county police officer accused of theft

It's proof that no-one escapes the long arm of the law when an ex-police officer is accused of theft and property crimes. While the woman hasn't officially been employed with Gwinnett county since 2014, she is facing charges related to alleged thefts that occurred while she was employed with the police department. Theft crimes can manifest with physical property and it can also happen electronically. The latter are the focus of the accusations against the former police officer.

What are possible criminal defenses when accused of burglary?

Thinking back over a person's life, most are taught from a young age that theft and stealing aren't acceptable behaviors. Most people, at some point or another usually during childhood, experience a situation in which they steal or take something from a business or another person that doesn't belong to them and are then reprimanded for it. While we may all know that burglary, a form of theft, is a crime one may not know that there are legitimate defenses against such a criminal accusation. Criminal defenses stem from blowing holes in a prosecutions strategy to prove the three elements of burglary and thus that a crime was committed.

Accusations of credit card theft can result in criminal charges

When a person thinks about stealing, or taking something of someone else's without permission, they often think about physical items or physical property. However, the 21st century has unleashed an entire inter web of possibilities in how property is available to us and utilized. Much of a person's day-to-day activities will consists of online transactions. Whether completed by credit card, bank transfer or other electronic means, these transactions and monetary property is just as real as any physical property.

Helping you assert a defense against theft charges

Being charged with theft is not an easy situation to face. Individuals in Georgia and elsewhere view this as a nerve wrecking situation, making them nervous, fearful and unsure about their future. While the penalties for some property crimes can be harsh, those accused have options when it comes to receiving a lesser punishment, alternative punishments or even receiving an acquittal.

Credit card theft is considered a form of identity fraud in GA

Credit cards and other forms of electronic payment continue to become more and more popular. Cash is almost becoming an obsolete form of payment with the ability to pay with plastic or to even swipe your phone, watch or other electronic forms of payment. With the influx of ways to pay with both credit cards and debit cards, access to those types of payments have become more widespread and common. If you or a loved one has been accused of credit card theft or another related crime it's good to understand state law on the subject.

Understanding arson and insurance fraud charges

As previously discussed on this Georgia blog, when damage is done to the property of others, this could result in criminal penalties. Even if it seems minimal or is supposed to be artistic, property crimes carry serious consequences. While property can be damaged when it is defaced, it can also be damaged by fire.

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