If you or a loved one are facing property crime charges in Indiana County, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. A common mistake that people make when facing these charges is thinking that they will not get into much trouble for simply damaging property. That is not the case.
At SMT Legal, we understand that Pennsylvania takes these crimes very seriously. That is why we will get to work on building a defense strategy on your behalf when you need a property crimes lawyer.
What Happens With These Charges?
We understand that the term “property crime” can cover many different things. Please understand that property crimes are taken seriously by prosecutors and there are victims in these cases. Property owners often look to have suspects punished to the full extent of the law.
Please consider the following crimes:
- Home invasions
All of those crimes usually involve some kind of property damage, but property crime charges can also be brought against those who did not cause any actual property damage:
All of the crimes listed above will fall into various categories, ranging from summary offenses (least punishment) to felonies (harsh punishment). In many cases, property crimes are charged along with more serious offenses. For example, someone could face an assault charge, a robbery charge, as well as a trespassing charge.
Be sure to understand where your charges call on this list:
- Summary offense: up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $300.
- Third-degree misdemeanor: up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,000.
- Second-degree misdemeanor: up to two years in jail and fines up to $5,000.
- First-degree misdemeanor: up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
- Third-degree felony: up to seven years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
- Second-degree felony: up to 10 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
- First-degree felony: up to 20 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
Aside from the actual criminal penalties, a person who is facing property charges can end up with a permanent mark on their criminal record. Property crimes can damage your reputation and show up on background reports pulled by prospective employers.
Do not let a property crime affect your future. It is time to secure an attorney to help you through this.
If You Have Been Charged
If you have been arrested and charged with property crime or with vandalizing another person’s property, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, you can count on us to build a successful defense on your behalf. We have years of experience defending clients facing these charges and will work for the best possible outcome in your case.