Defense Against Property Crime Charges

Property crimes and theft offenses can have surprisingly harsh penalties. A moment of poor judgment can leave adults and juveniles with a criminal record that may affect their lives for many years.

If you have been charged with a property crime, I can help you fight the charges and minimize the consequences. I am attorney Rich Cassady. My aggressive approach to criminal defense means that I do not accept the prosecutor's version of the facts. I will investigate the case and vigorously argue on your behalf. Please speak with me to learn how I can protect your rights. With offices in Franklin and Murphy, I handle cases in Macon County, Cherokee County and beyond.

You Could Be Sentenced To Jail Or Prison If Convicted

In North Carolina, property crimes can include:

  • Breaking and entering
  • Trespass and domestic trespass
  • Injury to real and personal property
  • Vandalism
  • Shoplifting and other theft crimes

These types of crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the specifics of the offense. The value of the property stolen or damaged is one factor in determining the charge. Stealing goods that are worth more than $1,000 will generally result in a Class H felony. Typically, you will be charged with a misdemeanor for theft of goods valued at or less than $1,000.

Breaking and entering charges can be misdemeanors or felonies as well. Simply breaking and entering a building is a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, breaking and entering a building with the intent of committing a crime or terrorizing the occupant is a Class H felony. Penalties for conviction of a felony can include years in prison, large fines and additional consequences.

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Call me at 828-634-7320 or 800-811-9295, or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.