Take advantage of our free initial consultations and flexible payment options. Call (602) 453-3100 now for a free case evaluation.
Phoenix Property Crime Lawyers
Understanding Property Crime Laws in Arizona
Property crimes in Arizona carry severe penalties, including incarceration, fines, restitution, community service, and counseling. At TedLaw, our skilled legal team specializes in defending a wide range of property crimes, from theft to arson. Contact us today at (602) 453-3100 or fill out our online form for a free evaluation of your case.
Vandalism / Criminal Damage
Criminal damage, commonly known as vandalism, is outlined in ARS 13-1602. It involves knowingly and intentionally defacing or damaging someone else’s property. Examples include graffiti, egging a home, or tampering with a vehicle to impair its function.
Criminal trespassing in Arizona is categorized into three degrees, with first-degree being the most severe. According to ARS 13-1502, third-degree criminal trespassing occurs when someone knowingly enters or remains unlawfully on real property, despite being asked to leave by law enforcement or the property owner, or when there is a posted notice prohibiting entry. Third degree is a class 3 misdemeanor, second degree is a class 2 misdemeanor, and first degree is either a class 6 felony or class 1 misdemeanor.
Theft is a common property crime, encompassing acts such as stealing from private or nonresidential premises, whether inside a structure or on the property itself. Chapter 18 of the Arizona Revised Statutes provides information on different types of theft offenses.
Similar to trespassing, burglary is divided into three degrees. As defined by ARS 13-1506, third-degree burglary is a class 4 felony and involves entering a private property with the intent to commit a felony (such as theft). Second-degree burglary, according to ARS 13-1507, is a class 3 felony. First-degree burglary, outlined in ARS 13-1508, is a class 2 felony and pertains to entering a private property with a dangerous weapon or deadly instrument with the intent to commit a felony.
Arson, a property crime, is detailed in Chapter 17 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. It encompasses various offenses, including reckless burning (A.R.S. §13-1702), arson of a structure or property (A.R.S. §13-1703), and arson of an occupied structure (A.R.S. §13-1704).
Why Hire a Phoenix Property Crime Attorney?
Without proper legal defense, you may face wrongful convictions and unjust punishments. At TedLaw, we are dedicated to fighting for justice and providing experienced representation tailored to your case. Don’t hesitate to call us today.
Contact TedLaw for the Help You Need
Our legal team at TedLaw has a proven track record of successfully representing clients wrongfully charged with property crimes. If you’ve been arrested or charged with any crime in Arizona, reach out to our firm without delay. We offer free consultations.