When it comes to theft and property offences, many people think that there is just one level of offence. They do not see or understand the many different levels of crime and consequences that are associated with these types of charges. Unfortunately, this means that some people do not take these types of charges as seriously as they should.
For more information on the different types of theft and property offences that you might be facing, take a look at this breakdown:
Have you ever taken something from a store by slipping something in your pocket or underneath your t-shirt? This is known as simple shoplifting and it can take place almost anywhere. Many people are guilty of this low-level crime. They may do it at retail shops that sell clothing, at grocery stores, and at large department stores. No matter what you take and what its value is, shoplifting is still considered theft and is a property offence.
The difference between shoplifting and robbery is the threat of violence. Shoplifting is done peacefully and quietly while robbery takes place with either violence or the threat of violence. It often happens at gunpoint but not necessarily. This is a more serious charge that can come with more consequences including imprisonment and hefty fines.
Burglary is the third type of theft charge that you might face. It happens when you steal from someone else’s home. You may get into their home through breaking and entering or you may simply convince them to allow you inside. Either way, if you take things that do not belong to you, it’s going to be considered burglary.
Arson is a serious type of property offence that will come with major consequences. Whether you burn down a house, a retail establishment, or just set fire to a vacant lot, there are bound to be repercussions for your actions. The type of consequences will depend on the motive behind the crime. If it was to intentionally injure another person or to make off with some insurance money, there will be serious charges brought against you.
Vandalism is slightly less severe than an arson charge. This charge indicates that you defaced or destroyed property that did not belong to you and without the express permission of the owners. Most people associate vandalism with graffiti but it can take other forms like slashing someone’s tires or throwing toilet paper all over their home. You might also hear vandalism referred to by other names like malicious mischief and malicious trespassing.
Facing the Consequences
If you have any theft or property offences brought against you, it’s crucial that you understand the procedures that will follow. You need the best criminal lawyer in Winnipeg to stand up on your behalf and mitigate the damage. Before you get too overwhelmed, make sure to give Brodsky, Amy, and Gould a call! We are here to help you face your day in court.