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Honolulu Theft Crime & Property Crime Charges

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If you have been accused of a property crime in Honolulu or a nearby area, then you could be facing any number of penalties upon conviction. With the help of the Honolulu property crime attorney from the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, you could potentially have your charges reduced or your case dismissed. Backed by more than two decades of experience in the legal field, our lead attorney is more than prepared to help you fight the criminal allegations that have been made against you.

What do my property crime charges mean?

"Property crime" is a general term used to describe a number of behaviors, all of which involve some degree of theft or the destruction of someone else's property. In some cases, property crimes can even refer to actions that do not involve stolen goods or harm to the victim. For example, unlawful entry with the intent to commit a crime is still considered a property crime.

The different types of property crimes that the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC can defend you against include:

  • Arson: The intentional burning of a building / structure or forest land. If the fire causes bodily harm or intent to defraud the insurance company, then the degree of your charges can increase.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry into an enclosed structure such as a home. Burglary often involves force or coercion and always involves the intent to steal property or commit another type of crime.
  • Larceny: The taking of something valuable without consent and with the intent of causing permanent deprivation to the rightful owner of the item.
  • Robbery: The use of force and / or threat for the purpose of taking money or property from someone.
  • Shoplifting: The theft or concealment of retail merchandise without the intent to pay for the merchandise.
  • Theft: The intentional attempt to deprive someone of his or her personal property.
  • Vandalism: The destruction or defacement of someone else's property without the owner's permission.
  • Trespassing: Knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in a home or a premise where they are not wanted.

If you have been accused of any of these property crimes, then you should waste no time seeking the aggressive legal defense of a criminal attorney at the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC.

To start building a defense for you case as soon as possible, fill out our online form today to request a consultation!

Property Theft

While theft typically refers to the taking of another person's property without his or her permission, the term actually carries a much broader definition.

Two key elements must be present in order to identify an act as theft:

  • The taking of someone else's property
  • The premeditated intent to permanently deprive another person of his or her property

Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft

If you have been accused of a theft crime in Hawaii, you could be facing one of two different charges: petty theft or grand theft. Your charges will depend on the type and value of the property that was stolen.

Petty Theft: The theft of property that is less than $500 or $1,000 depending on the jurisdiction. Petty theft cases are usually misdemeanor offenses, but they can still carry large fines upon conviction.

Grand Theft: The theft of property that is worth more than the limit set for petty theft. Grand theft is a felony offense punishable by steep fines, jail time, and more.

The Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC can help you!

Proper defense against theft charges is crucial to avoiding conviction and the penalties that come with it. If you are facing charges in the state of Hawaii, you should immediately contact the Honolulu theft lawyer at our firm. In the more than 20 years that we have been working in the legal field, we have successfully won more than 3,000 criminal cases. We are prepared to fight for you and make your case our next victory!

We encourage you to email or call our office today to request a consultation with an criminal defense attorney. During your first meeting, we can discuss the events that led up to your arrest and the legal options that are now available to you. Our firm is ready to provide you with a free appointment to talk about your case.

At the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, an experienced Honolulu theft crime defense attorney can help you fight the allegations that have been made against you and subsequently avoid the penalties of a conviction.

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Accused of criminal trespass? Contact a Honolulu Trespassing Lawyer.

In Hawaii, a person can be charged with criminal trespass when they knowingly enter or remain unlawfully in a home or a premise where they are not wanted.

Criminal Trespass Defined

  • Under Section 708-814 a person commits criminal trespass in the second degree when he or she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon a premises that is enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders or are fenced; or
  • When a person enters or remains unlawfully in or upon a commercial premises after they have received a reasonable warning or request to leave by the owner or the lessee of the commercial property, or by a police officer.

A "reasonable warning or request" means that a warning or request was communicated in writing at any time within the year prior to the date of the incident.

  • Criminal trespass of the second degree is a petty misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Criminal Trespass in the First-Degree

Under Section 708-813, an individual commits criminal trespass in the first degree if he or she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling, a hotel, or apartment building, or a premises that is fenced or enclosed to keep intruders out and that person is in possession of a firearm at the time of the intrusion.

  • Criminal trespass in the first degree is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Contact a Honolulu criminal defense attorney!

It is very easy for someone to face criminal trespass charges after unlawfully entering someone else's property, especially in Honolulu where residents own large properties. Whether your charges stem from a scenario where you made an honest mistake, or if you are being accused of violating a restraining order and entering a premise after being told to stay away, you should be represented by a skilled Honolulu criminal defense lawyer.

Regardless if you are facing up to 30 days or one year in jail, even 48 hours behind bars is too much. If you are being charged with criminal trespass, you are also facing the possibility of fines and the hassle of a permanent criminal record – don't let the worst happen to you!

Contact the Law office of Victor Bakke, ALC to discuss your charges in a free consultation!

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