Three Common Property Crimes in Florida
Property crimes may seem like very minor offenses. However, a conviction for a property crime can result in jail time and high fines, which will result in a permanent criminal record. The penalty a person may face after a property crime conviction greatly depends on the dollar value of any damage done, and the nature and seriousness of the crime. If you have been accused of committing a property crime, it is important to speak to a Florida criminal defense lawyer that can assist with your charges. The three most common property crimes in Florida are outlined below.
In Florida, the crime of arson occurs when someone burns or intentionally damages a dwelling through an explosion, whether or not it is occupied. Anyone convicted of arson may face up to 30 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. In the event that the structure was not occupied, or was a structure that is not usually occupied, the charge is considered a second-degree felony. A conviction for this offense can result in a maximum 15 years in prison. If anyone else is injured as a result of the arson, the accused person may face even more penalties.
Criminal mischief is an umbrella term that refers to many different types of property damage or injuries to a person. Graffiti and vandalism are two of the most common types of criminal mischief charges people in Florida face. Even when criminal mischief results in $200 or less in property damage, a person may still be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail. When the value of the property damage is over $1,000, a person could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. Convictions for graffiti have additional jail time and when a minor is found guilty of a graffiti charge, they may even lose their driving privileges for up to one year.
Trespassing is a crime in Florida and occurs when someone enters another person’s property without permission, or when a person remains on someone else’s property after they are asked to leave. Most cases of criminal trespass are charged as a misdemeanor in Florida, but there are instances in which it is charged as a felony. Even a conviction for a first-degree misdemeanor though, may result in a prison sentence of one year or a maximum fine of $1,000, or both.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Florida Can Help with Your Charges
Property crimes are not the minor offenses many people think they are. A conviction will result in serious penalties that can seriously affect your future. If you or a loved one has been charged with any property crime, our Orlando criminal lawyers can help with your case. At O’Mara Law Group, our skilled attorneys will build a strong defense for your case to give you the best chance of getting your charges dismissed. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys so we can review your case.