Los Angeles Property Crimes and Vandalism Lawyer
A Los Angeles vandalism laws can help you with your charges.Any crime that relates to the unlawful taking or destruction of another’s property without their consent is deemed to be a property crime. These criminal acts can range from shoplifting and vandalism to serious felonies like arson and armed robbery. In law, even entering another’s premises with the intent of committing a burglary is deemed to be a property crime though there was no actual removal of any goods. The owner of the property may or may not be present – for instance, in robbery, the owner may be present and under threat of violence. Hence this is also considered a violent crime under California law.
Examples of property crime include the following under the relevant Penal Code (PC) Sections:
Vandalism is a form of property crimes and it is defined as willfully damaging or destroying the properties of others without their consent. In California penal code 594 governs the law for vandalism.
Based on the dollar value of property/goods, the circumstances of the case, criminal history of the accused and the damage that was done, the penalties for property crime could include fines, imprisonment, probation, counseling, community service, being tasked with caring for the property.
If you or a loved one is charged with a property crime, it can have a serious impact on your life, health, career, financial status, reputation and relationships. Hence you need a skilled Los angeles criminal defense lawyer/law-firm to represent you, safeguard your rights and ensure that you receive a favorable outcome. In many cases, there is a lot of discretion available to the judge and prosecution to reduce both charges and sentencing.
Good legal representation can make sure that a solid case is built up for the defense. Such reputed legal professionals can conduct their own investigations, gather documentary/visual evidence, find witnesses, call expert testimony and also use their knowledge of California law to explore all dimensions of the case. Many good law-firms have former prosecutors, police-officers, private detectives, forensic experts and legal experts who work as a team to provide the best possible defense. In certain cases, it’s possible to intervene before charges get filed and reduce/dismiss them, plea-bargain, convert to community service/probation/counseling etc.
It is also important that you select local legal advice. Local attorneys usually have the knowledge and experience of local court system, county courthouses and the unique way of doing things in each courthouse.
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