Los Angeles Property Crime Attorney
Defense Against Property Crime Allegations
Criminal activity can be divided into two basic categories: property and
violent crimes. Violent crimes include things like assault and weapons
offenses while property crimes do not involve a means of threatening to
accomplish the crime. This is why robbery is not classified as a property
crime. By its very definition, robbery involves theft by means of force,
violence or threatened force or violence. Law enforcement makes millions
of arrests every year. In 2010, over 13 million arrests were made. Just
over 500,000 of these were violent crime arrests while over one million
were property crimes.
Some of the most common types of property crimes include:
If you have been arrested for a property crime such as graffiti, stealing
a car, arson or some other related offense, then a
Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our firm can help. Martinian & Associates can use the full extent
of the law to build a strong case in your defense. You are innocent until
proven guilty, and we to maintain that innocence.
Los Angeles Property Crime Statistics
Because Los Angeles has a statistically higher crime rate than a majority
of other cities in the state of California, law enforcement will heavily
patrol for property crimes. There are anywhere from 80,000 and 90,000
property crimes in the city of Los Angeles every year. The total number
of property crimes far outnumbers the amount of annual violent crimes.
Going by these statistics, the city of Los Angeles scores about a 29 on
the crime rate scale, meaning crimes are committed more often than in
71 percent of other cities in the U.S. Certain cities and neighborhoods
within the Los Angeles boundaries are more likely to experience a high
rate of property crimes than others. For example, cities such as Inglewood,
Compton, Watts and Echo Park.
Motor Vehicle Theft
There are five major types of motor vehicle theft. Some are considered
property crimes while others are classified as violent crimes. For example,
an individual can be accused of motor vehicle theft for allegedly driving
away a car in which someone forgot to take out the keys. There is also
a fraudulent form of vehicle theft. This is common with used car transactions
from private sellers. These sellers could advertise through Craigslist
or other types of print or online advertisements.
Carjacking is another type of motor vehicle theft, but this is often considered
a violent crime, because to accomplish carjacking a person must take the
vehicle by force or threat. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting
(UCR) program, "motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted
theft of a motor vehicle." What this means is that even an attempt
to steal a car, even if that attempt was unsuccessful, can constitute
a criminal charge. The most recent statistics indicate that there are
approximately 700,000 motor vehicle thefts every year.
Contacting a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
Martinian & Associates INC. can provide you with exceptional defense
representation if you have been arrested for a property crime. These can
be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity and
the nature of the alleged offense. All criminal charges are serious, and
should be handled by exceptional and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys.
If you would like to obtain strong defense,
contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer at the firm today. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.