Maryland Property Crimes Defense Lawyer: Defending your rights
Property crimes in Maryland encompass a range of offenses, each bearing its unique set of legal intricacies and potential repercussions. At FrizWoods, we specialize in providing robust defense strategies for individuals facing charges related to property crimes, including burglary and theft.
Our seasoned attorneys delve into the crux of each case, ensuring a tailor-made defense approach aimed at achieving favorable outcomes. This comprehensive guide sheds light on the nature of property crimes, the importance of professional legal representation, and the distinctive advantages of choosing our firm for your defense.
Understanding Property Crimes in Maryland
Maryland law delineates several offenses under the umbrella of property crimes. These offenses, whether they pertain to theft, burglary, or malicious destruction, could lead to severe penalties if not properly defended against.
According to Maryland law, malicious destruction occurs when an individual willfully and maliciously destroys, injures, or defaces another person's property. The penalties for such offenses are tiered based on the extent of damage caused.
Burglary involves unlawful entry into a building intending to commit theft, vandalism, or any felony. The difference in intent changes the degree and nature of the offense in Maryland.
1st Degree Burglary
IThis offense occurs when an individual enters a dwelling with the intent to commit theft. It is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
2nd Degree Burglary
Second-degree burglary in Maryland involves the breaking and entering of a storehouse with the intent to commit theft, a crime of violence, or arson. This offense is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
3rd Degree Burglary
Third-degree burglary is when an individual breaks and enters another person's property with the intent to commit a crime. This felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
4th Degree Burglary
Fourth degree burglary involves the breaking and entering ointo any dwelling, storehouse, or property without the consent of the owner. It is is a misdemeanor offense in Maryland, and it carries 3 years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Theft, a broad term in Maryland, encompasses actions where an individual knowingly and willfully takes, possesses, or withholds another's property with the intent to deprive the owner permanently. The variations in theft offenses are primarily based on the value of the stolen property, which also dictates the severity of the penalties.
Theft under $100
Theft under $100, often referred to as "petit theft" or "petty theft" by non-lawyers, occurs when the value of the stolen property is less than $100. This offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Many shoplifting cases involve this charge.
Theft $100 - $1,500
This level of theft is where the stolen property's value ranges from $100 to under $1,500. The offense is a misdemeanor, with penalties including imprisonment up to 6 months and/or a fine of up to $500 for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders face steeper penalties.
Theft Between $1,500 and $25,000
When the value of the stolen property falls within this range, the theft is considered a felony. Conviction could lead to up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Theft Over $25,000
Theft of property valued over $25,000 is a felony with severe repercussions. Offenders face up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
Motor Vehicle Theft
This specific theft offense concerns the unauthorized taking or driving of a motor vehicle. In Maryland, motor vehicle theft is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
Identity theft involves the deliberate use of another person's identifying information, usually for financial gain or to commit fraud. Penalties vary based on the extent of the crime but can range from misdemeanor to felony charges with substantial fines and prison time.
In Maryland, trespassing involves unauthorized entry onto another's property, with penalties escalating upon repeated violations. The law distinguishes between entry without permission and remaining without permission post-notification to leave. The penalties range from fines to imprisonment, with severity increasing for subsequent offenses within a two-year span. It's vital to understand these laws to avoid inadvertent violations, and in case of accusations, seeking professional legal help is crucial.
The Imperative of Professional Representation
Facing a property crime charge can be daunting. The implications of a conviction extend beyond legal penalties, affecting personal and professional aspects of one's life.
Expertise and Experience
Our law firm's criminal defense attorneys bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, ensuring a thorough examination of the evidence, identification of legal loopholes, and formulation of a solid defense strategy.
Navigating Legal Complexities
The legal framework surrounding property crimes in Maryland is complex. Professional representation provides the necessary guidance to navigate through these legal intricacies, ensuring your rights are upheld throughout the process.
Personalized Defense Strategies
Every case bears its unique set of facts and circumstances. Our attorneys delve into the specifics of your case, crafting a defense strategy tailored to counter the charges leveled against you effectively.
Why Choose our Law Firm?
Our firm stands out for its unwavering commitment to securing the best possible outcomes for our clients. We uphold a client-centric approach, ensuring open communication, personalized service, and aggressive representation.
Our reviews page provides a glimpse into the experiences of individuals and families we've represented, showcasing our dedication and the results we strive to achieve.
Comprehensive Legal Support
From the moment you engage our services, we provide comprehensive legal support, keeping you informed and prepared at every stage of the legal process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the possible defenses against property crime charges?
Various defenses can be employed depending on the nature of the charges and the circumstances surrounding the case. Some common defenses include lack of intent, mistaken identity, and claiming rightful ownership.
How can a lawyer assist in a property crime case?
A lawyer can dissect the evidence, challenge the prosecution's case, negotiate plea deals, and represent you vigorously in court, aiming to either reduce the charges or achieve a complete dismissal.
What distinguishes FrizWoods from other law firms?
Our firm prides itself on its client-centric approach, seasoned attorneys, and a track record of favorable outcomes in property crime cases.
Embrace Expert Legal Defense Today
Facing property crime charges in Maryland requires a robust defense strategy to counter the potential legal, personal, and professional ramifications. At FrizWoods Law Firm, we're poised to provide the aggressive representation you need. Contact us today and take the first step towards safeguarding your future.
Luke Woods took over my first DWI after the courts opened back up after Covid hit and he helped me out with a more recent second DWI which were within 2 years of each other. He was very upfront and honest with me facing some jail time, possibly weekends at best. He gave me the worse case and what he thought might happen and I respected his honesty although I got off with 3 years probation, no jail. I strongly recommend using his firm for any legal needs and I don't plan on using his services again although if I need to, he will be the only lawyer I will call.