Property Crimes

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Property Crimes

Most property crimes charged in Charlotte County are those that are stated in Florida Statute 806 and Florida Statute 810.  These crimes include:


For an Arson charge, a person must intentionally cause damage to a building by using fire or by using an explosion.  It’s typically a second-degree felony, punishable by 15 years in prison, but it can be charged as a first-degree felony, punishable by 30 years in prison if there was someone in the building when the offense was committed.


If someone enters a structure, building, dwelling or car without permission, or the permission was withdrawn, and they have the intent to commit a crime while there, they can be charged with burglary.

Criminal Mischief:

If a person maliciously and willfully damages any real or personal property that belongs to someone else, they may be charged with criminal mischief. In some jurisdictions this is referred to as vandalism. commission of the offense. General penalties for property crimes in Florida can include:  This charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the dollar value of the loss or damage. If the loss or damage is over $1000, it can be charged as a felony.

Criminal Trespass:

If a person willfully enters or remains in a structure, conveyance or building of any kind without being invited, authorized, licensed they can be charged with trespass.

Property crimes in Florida range from second-degree misdemeanors to first-degree felonies.  Penalties for property crimes will depend on a variety of factors including, for example, the level of damage to property, whether or not a gun was used, prior criminal history of the offender, and whether or not someone else was present when the crime happened.

The Criminal Defense Law Firm of Aiken & O’Halloran is dedicated to providing top-quality criminal defense for our clients in Charlotte County, Florida.  If you, or a member of your family is charged with a property crime in Charlotte County, Florida, contact Aiken & O’Halloran for a free consultation.

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