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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.
For example, larceny is split into three categories: petit larceny; grand larceny between $2,000 and $10,000; and grand larceny over $10,000. The potential defenses can vary widely depending on the charge and the facts of the case.
People who are charged with any type of property crime need experienced defense lawyers who understand the law of property crimes. At Morton & Gettys, we’ve represented clients on a variety of charges, including:
- Breach of trust with fraudulent intent
- Larceny and receiving or possession of stolen goods
- Trespass after notice
- Forgery and financial identity crimes
- Possession of stolen vehicle
South Carolina also has significant “enhancing” penalties for property crimes such as shoplifting, financial credit card theft and fraud and breach of trust. This means that second or third offenses result in harsher penalties. That’s why it’s crucial to not accept a plea agreement without first consulting an attorney who can discuss all the potential impacts of a guilty plea.
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.
White Collar Crimes
At Morton and Gettys, several of our attorneys also have experience representing people who have been arrested for theft, fraud, embezzlement or breach of trust. Many allegations involve theft or fraud in the workplace or a bank or financial institution.
These cases, which can be tried in state or federal court, involve complicated and technical matters and are difficult to prosecute and defend. We have much experience in defending these types of white collar crimes.