Property Crimes Attorneys in Atlanta

Criminal Vandalism & Trespassing

Property crimes in Georgia are typically charged as felonies and could result in at least one year in prison. Without a lawyer, you could face serious jail time and outrageous fees. The Atlanta property crimes lawyers at The Law Offices of Geerdes and Associates, LLC, can help you avoid severe sentences. Call us now at (770) 599-5331 for a free consultation.

Property Crimes are separated into 2 categories:

  • First Degree Criminal Damage to Property - A person can be convicted of first degree criminal damage to property if they knowingly interfere with another person’s property in a way that would endanger another person’s life. The punishment for this crime receives a felony conviction and 1 to 10 years in prison.
  • Second Degree Criminal Damage to Property - Second Degree Criminal Damage convictions will receive a felony conviction and 1 to 5 years in prison. This charge may be applied when a person does one of the following:
    • A person intentionally damages another person’s property with damage totaling more than $500
    • Intentionally damaging property with explosives or fire
    • Starts a fire on another person’s property with intent to damage it

Trespassing

A person can be convicted of trespassing if they do one of the following:

  • Intentionally causes damage to another person’s property totaling over $500
  • Knowingly interferes with possession or use of another’s property
  • Enters another person’s property with an unlawful intention
  • Entering anther’s property after receiving notice that such entry is forbidden
  • Remains on the property after the owner has requested that they leave

The punishment for trespassing is treated as a misdemeanor and therefore only holds a maximum of a 12 month jail sentence.

Our Atlanta property crime defense attorneys are experienced in fighting all degrees of property crime offenses. Call (770) 599-5331 today to meet with the team.

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