A Defense Team That Is Both Skillful And Personal
The blanket term property offense encompasses many types of crimes. For example, burglary, arson, embezzlement, theft or destruction of property. The higher the value of the property affected, the more serious the potential penalties. When you are facing the severe consequences of a serious property-related criminal charge, you need an experienced and persuasive advocate.
To protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation when facing burglary, theft, arson or other property-related allegations, you need advocates with the ideal combination of strength and skill. You will find that at Cosby & Calhoun We provide clients with the personal attention they want and the legal skill they need. Attorneys Charles C. Cosby Jr., and Kevin E. Calhoun, take a team approach to criminal defense. They draw upon their knowledge from over 50 collective years of criminal law experience to thoroughly investigate and aggressively defend each and every case.
Serious Charges, Serious Consequences
A conviction on a property-related crime comes with potentially severe penalties. We work to minimize the consequences you face by seeking a reduction or dismissal of criminal charges, negotiating a plea agreement or securing an acquittal at trial. Our criminal defense attorneys handle all manner of serious property crime charges, including:
- Possession of burglary tools with intent to use them
- Grand larceny
- Breaking and entering
- Receipt of stolen property
- Theft by false pretenses
- Arson of buildings, land or crops
Severe consequences can mean a conviction for moral turpitude, to wit: lying, cheating or stealing. A felony conviction or misdemeanor conviction for moral turpitude may cause a defendant to be fired, or drastically affect his or her ability to get a job.
Protecting You From The Possibility Of Harsh Penalties
Different levels of property fines can have vastly different consequences. Grand larceny carries up to 20 years in prison. A burglary in the nighttime, while armed with a deadly weapon, carries up to life in prison, whereas a burglary may be charged only as an offense carrying up to 20 years, depending on various factors. Embezzlement, which is a form of larceny, carries the same penalty as a larceny. A third offense petit larceny, such as a third offense of shoplifting, can be converted into a felony called a compound felony. The compound felony carries a potential prison sentence.
All of these offenses carry the potential for substantial fines plus restitution for anything taken may be ordered. The distinctions between levels of criminal charges can affect you for the rest of your life, and the nuances between classes of felony property crimes can be difficult to discern if you are not intimately familiar with the relevant laws.