Understanding Property Crimes in Idaho
Property crimes in Idaho refer to actions that unlawfully affect another person's property, like taking or damaging it, but without violence or threats. These can be simple actions like stepping onto someone's lawn without permission, or major ones like setting a building on fire.
At Attorneys of Idaho, we've stood by many individuals faced with property crimes. If you're in a similar situation, give us a call at 208-314-8888 for a free discussion about your case.
Types of Property Crimes:
- Trespassing: This is when you go onto someone's property without their say-so. Unlike burglary, here, there's no plan to do anything wrong once you're on the property.
- Malicious Injury to Property: If you harm or ruin someone's property without them allowing it, that's vandalism. Think of actions like spray-painting a wall, scratching a car, or knocking over a mailbox.
- Theft: This is when you take something that isn't yours without permission, planning not to give it back. The consequences for theft can differ based on what was taken and its worth.
- Burglary: Here, someone goes into a building planning to do something wrong. Even if they change their mind once inside, it's still considered burglary.
- Arson: This is a grave act of deliberately setting fire to buildings, trees, or other properties. It's especially serious if someone was in the building or if the fire hurt or killed someone.
Possible Consequences for Property Crimes in Idaho:
If found guilty, you could face:
- Paying the victim back for the damage
- Doing community service
- Serving time in prison or being under watch after release
What you face depends on the crime's details and how serious it is.
Defenses for Property Crimes in Idaho:
Everyone's situation is unique, and in some cases, you might have valid reasons for your actions. Some defenses include:
- Mistake: If you genuinely thought you were doing something lawful, this might be your defense. For instance, if you took a bicycle thinking it was yours, you might not be at fault.
- Necessity: If you had to harm property to avoid bigger issues, you might be excused. Like, if you broke a window to put out a fire inside a shop, the law might understand.
- Coercion: If someone threatened or forced you into committing the crime, it might not be your fault.
Need Help with Property Crimes in Idaho?
Facing property crime charges can be daunting. It's essential to have a seasoned lawyer on your side. At Attorneys of Idaho, we're here to guide and assist. Contact us at 208-314-8888 or use our online form to set up a complimentary talk.