Property crime is a criminal offence in Calgary. A theft becomes a property crime when the property is used or misused, possessed or damaged without the consent or permission or knowledge of the property owner. Any crime that damages the property in any form refers to crimes against the property. The term property includes both movable and immovable properties. In general terms, property crime comes under the category of theft and fraud. Misuse or inappropriate use of property results with crimes against the property.
Property crime includes damaging a part or whole property, stealing documents or other objects in the property, theft of motor vehicles, burglary, larceny, theft of cash or jewels, arson, etc. Most of the property offences except burglary in a few cases are committed with the core object of stealing money or possessions. It doesn’t deal with harming the people or victims of stolen property in many cases. Shoplifting and vandalism also comes under the category of crimes under the property.
Crime against the property can be classified into two major types in Calgary.
When it comes destroying property, it is referred as vandalism or arson. For example, act of stealing or robbery. Burglary is a kind of crime against property but it doesn’t involve apply force on an innocent individual as burglary often happens in unoccupied properties, which is classified as stolen property.
Crimes against the property in Calgary are quite high with respect to cash, electronics (most commonly television) jewelry and cameras. These things are stolen, but classified under the property crime because the theft is a part of damaging the property.
In addition to the crimes that come under the theft and property offence, misappropriate usage of the property or any possession in the property is also regarded as property offence. For example, if you rent a house, you are not entitled to use the electronics or other objects without knowledge of the owner of the property.
In a majority of the cases that deals with crimes against the property and property crime cases, individuals are charged based on the evidences provided by the police. Sometimes, many innocents turn victims and are charged with possession of stolen property. Those who are charged under the grounds of the property offence have many ways to defend the allegations. Hiring a criminal lawyer, specialized in attending the property crime cases will help you prove your innocence.
Police investigation is a major part of the property crime charges. Criminal lawyers in Calgary assess about the dependability of the investigations conducted by the police and ensure that they are intact with constitutional rights. Any breach of the rights can result with dismissal of false evidence, which can make you free from the charges.
In case, if you are proven guilty of the property crime, the criminal lawyer can reduce the extent of punishment and penalties. Those who never had a criminal record in the past and the damage of the property crime doesn’t exceed $5000 aren’t punished, but assigned for Alternative Measures Program.
In other cases, extent of damage to the property, total loss incurred by the property owner, etc influence the charges. The charges may vary from a minimum fine of $1000 and imprisonment for a period of 1 year.