Property crime is composed of many different charges: property damage, destruction of property, robbery, and burglary – to name just a few. Charges such as burglary and robbery carry severe consequences if convicted. They are basically “aggravated theft” charges. They include the added elements of unlawfully entering a home or business or using force when stealing the property. This makes them more serious. And the specific facts of your case matter. Armed robbery is considered a violent crime. If you are convicted of a violent crime, you will have to serve 85% of your sentence. Robbery 2nd does not carry this requirement. Additionally, there are different degrees of burglary. Depending on what you are accused of, your burglary charge could get bumped up to a Class B Felony. Let us look at the circumstances behind your property crime. We can help mitigate the factors that make your property crime charge more serious.
The additional conduct required to commit property crimes like burglary and robbery means that there is also greater exposure if you get convicted of one of them. This is especially true if you have prior convictions for the same or similar types of crimes. Additionally, property crimes such as property damage usually have some element of restitution involved. If a plea becomes necessary, we will work to reduce any restitution owed to the victim. This will put you in the best position to successfully complete your probation.
Regardless of your specific situation, we will cater your defense to fit the facts of whatever property crime you are charged with. This will put you in a position to obtain the best outcome possible. We have effectively handled these types of cases in the past. We know the ins and outs of obtaining the best disposition. If you have been charged with committing a property crime, you are facing time in prison or jail or probation with restitution. We can help you avoid a property crime conviction and time away from your family. Let us help you put your property crime behind you and get back to your life.
Contact us today and let St. Louis Attorneys Muhlenkamp & Bernsen help you help fight your property crime charges.