Davis & Cannon, LLP aggressively defends criminal clients in Gillette, Cheyenne, Sheridan and throughout the State of Wyoming. We have extensive criminal litigation experience at both the misdemeanor and felony level including DUIs, drug offenses, white collar crime, sexual assault, and homicide.
The term “property crimes” refers to a wide range of offenses involving the unauthorized taking or damaging of another’s property.
The most common examples of property crimes include shoplifting, theft, robbery, burglary, vandalism, arson, and auto theft.
These crimes can be low-level offenses, such as shoplifting a $10 bracelet, or serious felony offenses, such as armed robbery.
If you have been charged with any type of property crime, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney without delay.
At Davis & Cannon, LLP, our experienced defense team has been protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in Gillette, Cheyenne, Sheridan and all of Wyoming for more than 70 years. Contact us today at (307) 672-7491 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Property Crimes We Defend
If you are facing a property crime charge, the first step is to seek experienced legal counsel. A good attorney may be able to get your charges reduced, or even dismissed entirely. At Davis & Cannon, LLP, we defend clients against all types of property crime charges, but the most common include:
If you enter a building or vehicle without authorization, and with the intent to commit a crime therein, you may be charged with the crime of burglary. Theft is commonly a component of burglary—breaking into a car to steal a leather jacket, for example—but you don’t need to actually steal anything to be convicted of burglary.
Burglary is a felony offense. Penalties include up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000. If you have been charged with burglary, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced defense attorney immediately.
If during the course of committing a theft-related crime, an individual causes bodily harm or threatens to harm another, he/she may be charged with robbery. If the defendant was in possession of a deadly weapon at the time of the robbery, charges may be elevated to aggravated robbery.
Penalties for the felony offense of robbery include up to 10 years in prison, but if you are convicted of aggravated robbery, you may find yourself in prison for up to 25 years.
As with any type of theft, penalties for auto theft are dependent on the value of the property stolen. However, because vehicles are almost always valued at more than $1,000, auto theft is usually a felony offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Common defenses to charges of auto theft include:
Intent—Although taking another’s vehicle without authorization is still a crime, if an individual takes the vehicle with the intent to return it, he/she is likely only guilty of the lesser charge of joyriding, a misdemeanor offense.
Consent—If the defendant can show that he/she actually had consent from the vehicle’s owner to borrow it, charges may be dropped. But showing consent can be difficult, and prior consent for other occasions of use doesn’t automatically equal future consent.
Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP Today
If you are facing charges for any type of property crime, the skilled legal team at Davis & Cannon, LLP can help. Property crimes are often motivated by desperation, and years behind bars is rarely the best solution in these cases. We understand that people make mistakes, and we are here to help ensure that your rights are protected so that you can get your life back on track. Don’t go through this difficult time alone, we can help. Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP at (307) 672-7491 today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.