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Melbourne Property Crimes Defense Lawyer

Serving Brevard, Orange, Volusia, Seminole, Indian River & Osceola Counties

In Florida, the crime of theft or harm to another’s property or belongings can be significant. If you were arrested for a property crime in Melbourne or the surrounding areas, having the help of a capable attorney could be the difference between a small fine and years behind bars. Give yourself the advantage of a team with experience by calling The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy today to schedule your initial consultation. As your representatives, we will help you understand your case and better prepare for what is to come.

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Types of Property Crimes

Any time a person’s belongings are tampered with or stolen, there could be a charge of a property crime. Sometimes, people accused of property crimes are not even aware that it is an offense. Other times, insignificant belongings are taken and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, resulting in steep fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Some different kinds of property crimes are classified as:

  • Burglary – This crime occurs when a person either attempts to unlawfully enter private premises with the intent to commit a crime or when they remain there once they are no longer permitted there. One common type of burglary is the crime of breaking and entering.
  • Trespassing – Any time there is private property where no unauthorized persons can enter without a license or invitation, they could be accused of trespassing.
  • Criminal mischief – When a private area or property is harmed by someone, they could be charged with this crime. It is important that all property belonging to others is treated with respect, so committing vandalism or painting graffiti on a wall is considered criminal mischief.

Once you are caught on someone’s property illegally, they have the right to call the police and charge you with a property crime. The best defense is to avoid being caught somewhere illegally.

Potential Defenses to Property Crimes

The first thing you need to do following an arrest or accusation is to hire a skilled, experienced lawyer who has your best interests at heart. At The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, we understand that circumstances are not always as they seem. As your advocates, we will take the time to fully understand the details of your case to build a strong, compelling defense that helps you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

Some defense strategies could include:

  • Demonstrating a lack of criminal intent – Just because you were caught on private property illegally does not mean you planned to rob, burglarize, vandalize, or otherwise cause harm. Proving that you had intentions to commit a crime is difficult, so forcing the prosecution to show indisputable evidence against you could help your case.
  • Coercion – Were you simply in the wrong place at the wrong time due to someone else’s influence? If the cause for your criminal acts was out of fear for your own safety, we will do what we can to demonstrate this.
  • Fight for lighter sentencing – In some cases, there may be no way to have the charges dropped. If so, we may demonstrate that your sentence is unduly harsh.

In any case, the help of an experienced lawyer will help you to fight charges with the peace of mind that your strategy is sound and strong.

Call (321) 248-7742 Now

With decades of legal experience behind us, The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy understands how to help you in a way that will preserve your future and your freedom. Call today and schedule your consultation so we can learn more about how to fight for you.

Dial (321) 248-7742 now and schedule your consultation.

Why Hire Germain & McCarthy?

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