Maine Property Crimes Defense Attorney
Serving the Regions of Augusta, Biddeford, Bangor, Saco and Portland
You can break crimes down into two broad categories: Property crimes, and violent crimes.
Violent crimes are those that directly threaten actual people. They include crimes like murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Because they are directed at a person, and are meant to harm that person, violent crimes are serious offenses, and carry stiff penalties.
Property crimes, on the other hand, don't involve a threat of violence. Instead, they deal with property either taken from someone else, or destroyed, or damaged in some way. Property crimes include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. While these crimes can end up including violence in some form, harming someone else is not the object of these crimes – they are meant to inflict harm on property, instead, and so are called “property crimes.” Because these kinds of crimes don't intend to hurt a person, penalties for property crimes are often less serious than those for violent crimes.
Property crimes are much, much more common than violent crimes. This may not seem like the case, if you watch the news, but remember that violent crimes are much more noteworthy than property crimes. A murder is often seen as a big deal. A burglary, not so much. Therefore, a local murder will make headlines in a newspaper, while a local burglary will be hidden in the Police Blotter section on page 12. In reality, according to a study done by the Muskie School of Public Service, 95.3% of crimes committed in Maine in 2012 were property crimes.
The penalties for property crimes range all over the place, from petty theft, a Class E misdemeanor, which can come with a maximum 180 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine, all the way up to arson, a Class A felony that carries up to 30 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Many property crimes can also come with a restitution demand, which involves paying for the value of the property damaged, destroyed, or taken. Because each crime has its own set of unique penalties, we cover each one separately on our website:
If you're charged for committing a property crime, hiring a solid criminal defense attorney can be the best decision you can make. Trained to find holes in prosecutors' cases and to challenge everything from facts to the law, criminal defense lawyers can go a long ways towards preventing charges from turning into convictions. Attorney William T. Bly is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Maine. Through experience, he has learned the best ways to challenge witnesses and police reports to find out what really happened and prevent criminal defendants from getting convicted on wrong information. His knowledge of the legal pieces of a property crime help him find the weakest aspects of the prosecutor's case, and take full advantage of it. Call his law office at (207) 571-8146.