Property Crimes

Property crimes are when another person’s property is stolen, damaged or otherwise harmed. These offenses are often categorized based on the dollar value of the alleged harm.

People who are charged with any type of property crime need experienced defense lawyers who understand the law. At Morton & Gettys, we have represented clients on a variety of charges, including:

  • Breach of trust with fraudulent intent
  • Burglary
  • Larceny and receiving or possession of stolen goods
  • Arson
  • Trespass after notice
  • Shoplifting
  • Forgery and financial identity crimes
  • Possession of stolen vehicle
  • White collar crimes such as theft, fraud, and embezzlement 

South Carolina also has significant “enhancing” penalties for property crimes such as shoplifting, credit card theft, and fraud and breach of trust. Second or third offenses result in harsher consequences. That is why it is crucial to not accept a plea agreement without first consulting an attorney who can discuss all of its potential ramifications.

Additionally, courts sometimes order those convicted of property crimes to pay restitution. In such cases, defendants often need experienced criminal attorneys to represent them in restitution hearings as well.


James M. Morton

James M. Morton