Property Crimes Defense

Ivan Morse has successfully helped many people accused of property crimes. If you have been accused of a property crime in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore, Castro Valley, Tracy or any of the surrounding areas, the Law Office of Ivan Morse can help.

Some property crimes Ivan Morse has helped with are as follows:

  • Arson: It is against the law to set fire to or somehow cause the burning of a structure, forest land or other property. Arson may be punished by up to six years in prison and a fine. If a person suffers great bodily harm from an arson, it is a felony punishable by up to nine years.
  • Burglary: The entering of privately owned property, such as a house, vehicle, or shop with the intent to commit theft or another felony is burglary and can carry a six-year prison term. The act of entering privately owned property, without committing another felony, is commonly charged as a burglary.
  • Trespassing: Trespassing is generally considered the unwanted intrusion onto someone else's property. Under California criminal law, it is illegal to enter someone's land, building, or home without permission. Furthermore, it is illegal to enter any land with intent to damage property, property rights, or with the intent to interfere, obstruct, or injure any lawful business. Even if no harm is actually done to the property by the trespasser, he or she has still broken the law. Trespassing is a misdemeanor. Though it may not seem like a serious crime, a trespass conviction will appear on a person's criminal record. Contact our office today, and we will begin negotiating with prosecutors to try to get your trespass charge dismissed or reduced to an infraction that will not appear on your criminal record.
  • Vandalism: Under California law, it is against the law to damage, destroy, or otherwise deface any property. This includes damage done by writing with spray paint, felt-tip markers, knives, or other instruments that make marks or impressions. If vandalism is directed at race or religion, it may be classified as a hate crime. Vandalism can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the monetary value of the damage. Slashing a tire, breaking a window, ripping a bus seat, removing a car's emblem, toppling a headstone, and carving your initial into a desk can all be considered vandalism; however, vandalism is not limited to property damage and can also include the following crimes:
  • Possession of aerosol paint under the age of 18
  • Possession of vandalism tools
  • Vandalism to a place of worship (i.e., church or synagogue)
  • Vandalism to government property (buildings or vehicles)
  • Vandalism using noxious or caustic chemicals
  • Car Theft: To be convicted of auto theft the prosecution must prove that you took or drove a vehicle, belonging to another, without the owner's consent and had the intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession or ownership for any period of time. Auto theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony.

Contact Us Today

Contact a lawyer at the Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse in Dublin, California, to schedule your free initial consultation about theft charges. We welcome clients to get in touch with us, or stop by the office, whenever questions or concerns arise. Our staff prides itself on remaining accessible to clients and taking the time to educate them on the progress of their cases.