Burglary, arson, tampering, property damage, are all criminal offenses listed in Chapter 569 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. These offenses can range from being charged as misdemeanors or serious felonies, depending on the criminal conduct alleged. Sometimes these offenses can be technical in nature and the prosecutor may have to prove intent to commit a crime and/or that a dangerous weapon was involved.
To defend against such charges, a Columbia property crimes lawyer may be necessary.
Arson – Generally, a person commits the offense of arson if he or she knowingly damages a building or inhabitable structure by starting a fire or causing an explosion. The range of punishment can vary from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class A Felony depending upon some factors:
Burglary – A person commits the offense of burglary when he or she knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing a crime therein. Burglary is a Class D Felony but can be charged as a Class B Felony if the person or another participant in the offense:
Property Damage – A person commits the offense of Property Damage if they knowingly damage the property of another or damage property for the purpose of defrauding an insurer. Property Damage offenses range from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Class B felony depending upon monetary value of the property damaged, how the property was damaged, and whether or not there are prior convictions for property damage.
Tampering – A person commits the offense of tampering if they prevent the use and enjoyment of property or a utility of another person. Tampering offenses range from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class D Felony. If you have previous convictions for Tampering, you could face enhanced penalties. Acts that rise to the level of Tampering include: