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Property Crimes & Theft
In the state of Georgia, the law pertaining to property crimes is vast and sometimes complicated. The law covers a wide-range of crimes with varying degrees of severity and punishment, depending on the circumstances of the individual cases. Below are common types of property crimes:
- Theft by conversion
- Theft by deception
- Theft by shoplifting
- Theft by taking
- Theft by receiving
- Criminal damage to property
- Identity theft
- Forgery in 1st – 4th degrees
- Financial transaction card fraud and theft
Theft by Conversion
Of the above list, theft by conversion may seem the least obvious. According to Georgia law, theft by conversion is when you lawfully obtain another person's money or property and then, unlawfully, convert it to your own use. Theft by conversion can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the value of funds or property unlawfully taken and other circumstances of the case.
Theft by Taking & Theft by Deception
In the state of Georgia, a person commits the offense of theft by taking when he or she unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving the owner of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated. Theft by deception occurs when a person obtains money or property under false pretenses.
Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
Under Georgia law, theft by receiving stolen property happens when a person receives goods that they knew or should have known were stolen.
Property crime laws in Georgia are vast and complicated — let us help. Grant Usry is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has dealt with a number of property crime related cases. Call today to schedule a free consultation.