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Property & Theft Crimes

Augusta GA Property Crime Defense Attorney

Our Augusta Georgia lawyers defend the following GA crimes:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Wrongful appropriation
  • Arson
  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny
  • Criminal trespass
  • Vehicle/Car theft

Grand theft

Grand theft is the theft of any item or items with total monetary value above $500.


Larceny is the taking and carrying away of tangible personal property of another by trespass with intent to permanently (or for an unreasonable time) deprive the person of his interest in the property.


Shoplifting refers to taking something from a merchant without paying for it, either by sneaking it out of the store or by altering or switching the tags on an item in order to pay less. If the total value of the goods is less than $300 it is a misdemeanor. It is a felony if the total value exceeds $300.

A store owner or employee can detain a person suspected of shoplifting till the police arrive. However they cannot conduct a physical search of the suspect.

Petty Theft

Petty theft is classified as theft of an item or items with a total monetary value under the amount of $500. Petty theft has mandatory minimum sentences for repeated convictions. A second conviction requires a fine of $250. A third conviction earns a mandatory 30-day jail sentence, or 120 days of house detention.


You will be charged with burglary if you break and enter into the home, office or vehicle of another with intent to commit a crime therein. Besides being charged for burglary, you will also be charged for the crime you commit therein. If convicted you could be in prison for one to twenty years.


Arson is the crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to buildings. Depending on the building set afore, arson can be a first, second or third degree felony. If someone is injured in the fire or the fire was set in an attempt to kill someone, or if a firefighter is injured trying to put the fire out, it is aggravated arson.

Facing property crime charges in GA, then contact an experienced Augusta Georgia criminal lawyer now.

Augusta GA Burglary – Theft Criminal Defense Lawyer

Aside from crimes that involve harming another individual directly, we also have property crimes on the books in Georgia that are intended to protect personal possessions and business assets. Though these types of crimes are non-violent in nature, they do pose a serious threat to the community, and law enforcement officials are proactive in prevention of these crimes and enforcement of the laws surrounding them. The courts, in turn, have the ability to impose rather harsh penalties upon those who are convicted of property crimes to send a punitive message and to provide a disincentive to those who may consider committing one of these transgressions.

Most of the crimes that are considered under the law to be property crimes involve what can generally be described as stealing or intentionally damaging or destroying public or private property. There are different categorizations depending on what was stolen and how it was done, but a partial list of property crimes would include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Larceny
  • Automobile Theft
  • Toxic Dumping
  • Criminal Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Defacing of Property (Both Public and Private)

The penalties for these property crimes can include jail time, court ordered public service, probation, and significant monetary fines. The exact penalty would of course depend on the specific crime that has been committed and whether or not the person who was found guilty of the offense had previous convictions for that crime.

Property crime is treated as a serious offense here in Georgia, and even after one has paid his or her dues to society, the criminal record can follow them around throughout their lives and make it more difficult to find a job, an apartment, and even to gain entrance into the military or admission to certain schools. This is why it is so important to retain the services of an experienced Augusta GA criminal lawyer as soon as possible should you be faced with a property crime charge.

Your attorney will examine all of the facts and suggest a course of action that will minimize the impact that the arrest ultimately has on your life.

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