Property crimes prosecuted in the State of Texas can include both theft and destruction of property but do not typically involve the use of force or a threat of violence.
If you were charged with a property crime in the greater San Antonio area, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC. Don Flanary fights property and theft crimes throughout San Antonio, Bexar County, and the surrounding areas in Texas.
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Types of Property Crimes in Texas
The most common property crimes prosecuted in Texas include:
- Criminal Trespass
- Criminal Mischief
- Aggravated Robbery
Burglary Crimes in Texas
The crime of burglary requires proof that a person entered or attempted to enter a home or business without the effective consent of the owner of the property. In many of these cases, corporeal personal property in the premises in taken without the owner's consent. In other cases, a felony or assault is committed after the unlawful entry.
Burglary of a Vehicle
The offense of burglary of a vehicle involves entering a vehicle without the owner's consent.
Burglary of a Coin Operated Machine
The crime of burglary of a coin-operated machine involves the unlawful entry or breaking into the machine without the effective consent of the owner for the purpose of obtaining property or services.
Theft crimes in Texas involve the wrongfully taking of property without the consent of the owner. The most common forms of theft include shoplifting and retail theft.
When tangible property is wrongfully damaged or destroyed without the consent of the owner, then a person can be charged with criminal mischief. In most cases, a prosecution for the crime of criminal mischief requires proof that the defendant committed the offense and a written third party damage estimates. The penalties and punishment for criminal mischief depend, in part, on the amount of pecuniary loss.
The crime of criminal trespass requires proof that a person unlawfully entered onto another person's property without the owner's effective consent and after being lawfully advised not to come onto the property.
FBI's Report on Property Crime Statistics - For purposes of the FBI’s Unform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, property crime include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. According to a recent report issued by the FBI, there were an estimated 7,993,631 property crimes in the United States in 2015. The FBI report also showed that property crime dropped in 2015. When compared with the previous year, burglaries dropped 7.8 percent and larceny-thefts dropped 1.8 percent. Not including arson, the victims of property crimes suffered losses estimated over approximately $14.3 billion in 2015.
Attorney for Crimes against Property in Bexar County, TX
If you were charged with a theft or property crime in the greater San Antonio area, including in the city of San Antonio or the surrounding areas in Bexar County, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC. Call (210) 738-8383 today for a free consultation to discuss your pending charges, possible penalties, and the best defenses to fight the prosecution.
This article was last updated on Friday, January 20, 2017.