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What Are Property Crimes?

“Property crimes” or “offenses against property” is a broad category within criminal law, encompassing crimes that interfere with a person’s right to use or enjoy his real or personal property. Crimes generally fall within two categories: crimes against the person and crimes against property. “Crimes against the person” covers the infliction of physical or mental harm upon a person; while “crimes against property” refers to theft, damage, or any other interference with the property of another. Victims of property crimes may also be entitled to civil remedies.

Property Crime Topics

Theft Crimes

Theft is a broad term used to describe any instance of stealing, including larceny, robbery, embezzlement, and false pretenses. These offenses can be charged as felonies of misdemeanors, depending on the jurisdiction and the amount of property stolen.

Structure Crimes

Arson, burglary, and vandalism can be categorized as structure crimes because they are inflicted on real property, as opposed to personal property. These offenses may also be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the jurisdiction and the extent of the damage caused.

Environmental Violations

An environmental violation is an illegal act that harms the environment or endangers the public health. Topics like pollution, land use, project impacts, and toxic substances are regulated by a multitude of Federal and statute statutes. Local ordinances further regulate zoning, planning, and land use. And environmental civil suits allow citizens to bring claims for environmental harm.

When Might You Need a Lawyer?

If you or someone you know is accused of one of these crimes you may need a criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer can help determine the best defenses to the crimes above based on your situation.

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, LegalMatch Legal Writer and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 04-03-2018 07:57 PM PDT

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