Property Crimes

What to do if you're arrested for a property crime


Exercise your right to remain silent
Police are under no obligation to tell you the truth and, in fact, are trained to get you to talk. Make sure to keep a level head and your mouth shut as anything you say can be twisted around and used against you.


Ask to speak to an attorney
Even if it is the middle of the night and you cannot get ahold of an attorney, simply by asking the question you protect against further interrogation from the police.


Hire an attorney ASAP
To mount the best defense possible, time is of the essence. Speak to an attorney as quickly as possible while the facts of your situation are fresh in your mind.

What are property crimes in Arizona?

Property crimes in Arizona are a collection of misdemeanor and felony crimes. Not only can they be embarassing, having these kinds of crimes on your record can affect you for years to come. The main things prosecutors look at tend to be the value of the items in the alleged crimes, whether a weapon was allegedly used, whether anyone was hurt during the incident, and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Let Burges McCowan build the best defense for your case and help you move on with your life.

Shoplifting (ARS 13-1805) & Trafficking in Stolen Property (ARS 13-2307)

Evidence in support of shoplifting and trafficking of stolen property tends to be the testimony of a loss prevention officer and surveillance video. Burges McCowan understands how to effectively challenge the credibility of a loss prevention officer, as well as the authenticity and reliability of surveillance video. If you have been recently arrested for shoplifting or the trafficking of stolen property, call Burges McCowan today to begin building the best defense possible for your case. Click here for an in-depth explanation of Shoplifting (ARS 13-1805).

Theft of Means of Transportation (Auto Theft) (ARS 13-1803 & ARS 13-1814)

In Arizona, if you knowingly stole a vehicle, you can be charged under the auto theft statute ARS 13-1814. It is important to note, however, that a passenger in a stolen vehicle can also be charged with "unlawful use of a means of transportation," which is a class 5 felony. In Arizona auto theft is aggressively prosecuted and the punishment often involves jail. With Burges McCowan at your side, you can rest assured that you will have the best defense under the law.

Trespass & Burglary (ARS 13-1502 to 13-1508)

These crimes, when committed in Arizona, are based on where you physically are with a particular intent. For example, a trespass occurs when you enter into or remain on a property unlawfully, and a burglary occurs when you enter into or remain on a property with the intent to commit a theft or felony within. A buglary charge can also be amplified if a weapon was involved or if someone was injured. If you have been charged with trespass or burglary, it is important to contact an experienced theft attorney as soon as you can. These crimes can be difficult to sort out without legal help. Multiple offenses may even be charged together if they are all part of the same umbrella criminal act, making things more complex. Click here for an in-depth explanation of Burglary (ARS 13-1506 to 13-1508).

Criminal Damage (ARS 13-1602)

Criminal Damage may be charged if you've defaced, damaged or altered someone else's property - this includes graffiti without the building owner's consent. Depending on the amount of damage, the charge could be a misdemeanor or felony. Burges McCowan will help you navigate the process so you don't have to go it alone. Click here for an in-depth explanation of Criminal Damage (ARS 13-1602).

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