One offense that juveniles are commonly accused of is defacing or violating someone else's property. In some cases, the offender might be a troubled youth who simply made a mistake. In others, the minor may have been the target of wrongful allegations based on mistaken identity, or even someone's desire to find an easy scapegoat.
Here are a few examples of the various types of property violations that juveniles might be accused of:
- Intentional or reckless property damage (criminal mischief)
- Graffiti (criminal mischief)
- Theft of property
- Breaking and entering/Burglary
Juveniles can be accused of committing property violations that involve either private property or public property. For example, a minor might be accused of breaking into someone's home, doing graffiti on a storefront or stealing someone's property at school. My law firm, the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC, provides aggressive defense for minors who are facing these types of allegations. I am an East Brunswick criminal defense attorney who has 19 years of experience practicing law, so my clients can depend on me for high-quality representation!
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Possible Defenses for Property Violation Cases
There are various defenses that can be used in property violation cases, whether the defendant is an adult or a juvenile.
Here are a few of those possible defenses:
- The defendant had permission or had good reason to believe he or she had permission to enter a property.
- Surveillance footage is not clear enough to prove that the defendant committed the property violation, or the footage has been compromised in some way.
- There is evidence that the defendant believed he or she was taking his or her own property, not someone else's.
- The owner of the property gave the defendant permission to take the property that is being considered stolen.
- There is an overall lack of evidence that the defendant committed the property violation.
Even if the court determines that the juvenile did commit the juvenile offense, it may be possible to help the minor obtain a second chance through probation or participating in a rehabilitative class or program. No matter your situation, an East Brunswick juvenile crime lawyer is ready to help.
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