Being arrested for a property crime in Maryland is frightening and requires prompt help to protect your rights. It’s important to know the different types of property crimes.
What is theft?
Theft is a type of property crime that is also known as larceny. It occurs when a person takes property from someone else without permission and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it.
There are varying levels of penalties that come with theft. Depending on the value of the property that was stolen, a conviction can be considered a misdemeanor and carry jail time and a fine. Property worth under $100 falls under this category.
On the other hand, if the property involved is valued at $25,000 to $90,000, a person convicted can face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
What is burglary?
Burglary is a crime that is committed when a person breaks into a building while intending to commit a crime inside the property. However, even if the crime never occurs once the individual is inside the building, they could still face charges. A conviction of burglary can result in hefty jail or prison sentences and fines. The offense is often classified as a felony.
What is robbery?
Robbery is a property crime that occurs when a person steals someone else’s property while using the threat of physical violence. However, even if no actual violence is carried out, it’s possible to be charged with the crime if there is only a threat made that instills fear in the victim. For example, if a man approached someone with his hand in his pocket mimicking a gun to steal an item, he could still face robbery charges.
Any charge of a property crime is serious. If you’ve been arrested, get immediate help.