Property crimes run the gamut from low-level offenses like shoplifting to serious felonies like armed robbery. If you have been charged with the theft or destruction of another person’s property in Connecticut, it’s important to contact an experienced and knowledgeable property crime lawyer as soon as possible to mount an effective legal defense against the charges.
A conviction for a property crime could otherwise come back to haunt you long after you’ve paid your fines and served your time in jail, as potential employers, landlords, and anyone doing a background check on you will view your criminal record negatively.
Types Of Property Crimes In Connecticut
The severity of a property crime depends on whether force or weapons were used; how much property was stolen, devalued, or destroyed; and whether there was any bodily injury that resulted from the crime. Your previous criminal history can also play a role in your sentencing should you be convicted.
At the Law Office of Jack O’Donnell, we’ve successfully defended clients in the following types of property crime:
- Arson – A conviction for starting a fire or causing an explosion with the intent to cause damage or destroy a building can earn you harsh penalties.
- Burglary – If you enter a building and remain there unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime inside, you could be charged with the crime of burglary. Your charges could be aggravated if you’re armed with explosives or weapons, or if you enter an occupied dwelling.
- Criminal trespass – Entering or remaining in a building or on a piece of property when you know you lack the license to do so constitutes criminal trespassing.
- Larceny – This crime includes the wrongful taking, obtaining, or withholding of someone else’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. Embezzlement, obtaining property under false pretenses, extortion, and receiving stolen property fall under larceny. Depending on the scope of your theft, you may need a seasoned federal asset forfeiture lawyer to help you handle felony charges.
- Shoplifting – Intentionally taking items being sold at a store without paying for them is a violation of state law in Connecticut.
Connecticut criminal lawyer Jack O’Donnell is well-versed in matters involving property crimes in New Haven, Connecticut. Should you find yourself facing a criminal charge, our team at the Law Office of Jack O’Donnell will aggressively protect your rights and seek a reduction of your charges, if we can’t get them dismissed outright.
Experienced Property Crime Attorneys In New Haven, CT
At the Law Office of Jack O’Donnell, our lawyers are dedicated to defending clients from all types of criminal charges, including theft and destruction of property. We’ve got over 42 years of legal experience, and we understand how frightening it is to suddenly be thrust into the criminal justice system. We aim to help you navigate your charges with more confidence through our personable, non-judgmental, and professional legal counsel.
Litigation lawyers Jack O’Donnell and John Bowdren are highly regarded within the legal community of New Haven, Connecticut, and will push for the best possible outcome in your case. If your case goes to trial, they have the courtroom experience necessary to maintain a strong defense strategy.
If you’ve been accused of a property crime, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who can protect you from the severe consequences of a conviction. We believe that everyone deserves top legal representation, so we provide accessible and affordable counsel. If you can’t pay us up front for your defense, we’ve got convenient payment plans to help you out.
Schedule your case evaluation today to begin building your strongest defense.