Jacksonville Property Crime Attorneys
Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft, Shoplifting, Criminal Mischief, Arson
In the world of criminal behavior, there are different types of crimes. The main categories of crime include offenses against people (e.g. violent crimes), inchoate crimes (“attempts”), statutory crimes (e.g. alcohol-related crimes, drug crimes, traffic offenses, and white collar crimes), financially-motivated crimes, and crimes against property.
As the name suggests, “property crime” generally involves damaging or destroying someone else’s property. Although damaging someone else’s property may cause the property owner to experience strong, negative emotions and significant mental harm as a result of losing enjoyment or use of their property, or losing the money they spent on it, property crime does not typically involve an act of violence toward the owner of the property.
As such, most property crimes are also categorized as theft crimes, including:
- Motor Vehicle theft
- Criminal Mischief
“The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The property crime category includes arson because the offense involves the destruction of property; however, arson victims may be subjected to force,” according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) page on property crime.
What is Criminal Mischief?
Under Section 806.13 of the Florida Statutes, one commits the offense of “criminal mischief” when he or she willfully and maliciously damages another’s personal property, and this includes graffiti or vandalism. The offense can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the extent and value of damage done.
For example, if the damage to the other person’s property is $200 or less, the offense is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500, and not more than 60 days in jail. On the other hand, if the damage is greater than $1,000, the person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000, and a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years.
We’re only scratching the surface, but this gives you an idea of how property crimes are penalized in Florida.
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