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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.

Understanding vandalism charges

We all encounter the property of others; whether it is when we walk into a building, are at a private residence or when we walk in a parking lot. While this might be a common experience in Georgia and other states across the nation. However, when property becomes damaged, individuals in the area might be suspected of doing it. Although property damage occurs in accidents, it could also occur intentionally, resulting in criminal charges against the accused.

What is considered to be a bribe?

We all want to get our way and experience favorable outcomes as much as possible. This often causes individuals to take additional steps to ensure that this course takes place. While this could be a valid and legal step to take in some cases, in others, it could be considered illegal. When an individual seeks to influence a government or public official or employee by providing gifts or money, this is considered bribery if it is in exchange for favorable treatment. Such conduct could result in a bribery charge.

Three credit union employees accused of theft

Property laws have been designed to protect the personal property of individuals in Georgia and elsewhere. In addition, criminal laws have been designed to penalize those who have taken property that does not belong to them. Those accused of theft could face serious penalties if convicted; therefore, it is important that defendants understand the charges against them and what steps they could take to overcome this situation, initiate a defense and avoid consequences.

Strategizing a defense against theft charges

Facing allegations of a crime is a difficult predicament to be in. Just because an individual is accused of taking something, this does not mean there is no explanation for it or a defense that proves that the accused did not commit the crime. The state tends to build up a big case against a defendant; however, there are mechanisms to poke holes in their case, which in turn can weaken the evidence used to charge a person with a theft or property crime.

Georgia contractor faces multiple theft charges

Being accused of a crime does not only place an individual in a predicament that could result in criminal penalties, but it could also result in a defendant's personal and professional life being severely impacted. Thus, when allegations such as theft related to a person's employment occur, a defendant should take the time to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the charges, helping them initiate a strong defense.

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