Property Crimes

Property Crimes Attorney in San Rafael

Defending Clients Against Burglary, Arson & Vandalism Charges

Property crimes are among the most charged offenses in Marin County, Novato, Petaluma, and Richmond. Chambers Defense provides smart and aggressive legal counsel to fight off property crime allegations and minimize prison time and financial penalties.

Attorney Peter James Chambers has more than a decade of legal experience and has staunchly defended clients in the San Rafael area since 2018.

Looking statewide, more than 850,000 property crimes were committed in 2021, according to the California Department of Justice. More than 60% of those crimes fall under the umbrella category of larceny-theft, which is defined as the unlawful taking of property. While property crimes like burglary can occur at any location, less than 40% occur at a residence.

We are here to provide knowledgeable representation you can count on. Call our San Rafael property crimes lawyer at (415) 423-2828 today to get started.

What’s the Difference Between Burglary, Theft & Robbery?

Some people may use burglarytheft, and robbery interchangeably, they are very different crimes in the eyes of the law. 

Theft occurs when someone takes property of another but does not interact with the owner of the property. There is petty theft and grand theft, with the latter generally being the taking of items worth more than $950. Petty theft is usually a misdemeanor but can mean up to 364 days in county jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. Grand theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, with the more serious charge leading to up to 3 years in county jail and/or fines of up to $10,000.

Robbery, on the other hand, requires the alleged robber to have direct interaction with the property owner by using some type of force to take the property. While this “force” can be a weapon, the term can also mean using intimidation or fear. Robbery is either a first-degree or second-degree felony, depending on specific circumstances. First-degree robbery can mean up to 9 years in state prison. 

Unlike theft and robbery, burglary does not have to involve the taking of someone else’s property. The crime of burglary is committed if a person enters a property or building with the intent of committing a theft or other crime. Burglaries are typically first-degree felonies if the crime involves entering someone’s home. The others are usually second-degree charges. 

Is Arson a Felony or a Misdemeanor?

Is Arson a Felony or a Misdemeanor?

Arson is defined in California Penal Code as when someone “willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.” Arson is a felony, and the charge varies by degree based on whether the structure burned had inhabitants and if the fire resulted in bodily injury. Based on a multitude of factors, the punishment for arson ranges from 16 months to 9 years in state prison.

Can a Vandalism Conviction in San Rafael Result in Jail?

Vandalism refers to defacing (such as graffiti), damaging, or destroying real or personal property. Vandalism can lead to a sentence of up to 1 year in county jail and fines are based on the amount of damage. The fine is up to $1,000 for damage under $400. Damage of $400 has a fine of up to $10,000. Anyone causing more than $10,000 in damage can be fined up to $50,000.

Lean on Experience to Fight Property Crimes Charges 

Anyone charged with a property crime needs an experienced lawyer like Attorney Chambers on their side. He digs beyond the surface of any case to unearth the best tactics tailored to the specific situation. Some defendants may qualify for a pretrial diversion program.

Pick an attorney who will stand up for all your rights. Turn to our property crime attorney in San Rafael today to begin.

To schedule a free case consultation, contact us online or call (415) 423-2828.