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Arson offenses in Massachusetts

There are numerous property crimes that are codified under the criminal law of Massachusetts, including a number of offenses having to do with arson. People who are convicted of these offenses may face thousands of dollars in fines, long terms of imprisonment and restitution orders.People who are convicted of maliciously burning a dwelling or who assist others in burning a dwelling may face two and one-half years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. They may also face the same potential punishments if they burn meeting houses or churches. It does not matter if the buildings are vacant or if the people who set fire to them own them.

What are considered property crimes?

If someone is charged with a DUI, or assault, or drug charge, it is basically clear what authorities claim to have occurred: drunk driving, injury, and drugs. But what about someone who is accused of a property crime? It is a more vague classification of an offense.

What should I know about shoplifting in Massachusetts?

Going into a business and taking merchandise without paying for it is considered shoplifting; however, that isn't the only action that might lead to a shoplifting charge. You can also be charged with shoplifting if you change the price of an item, which could be possible if you move a price sticker from one item to another. Taking a shopping cart from a store is another form of shoplifting. Massachusetts law has set specific laws regarding shoplifting.

Report provides insight into state's high recidivism rates

Individuals who are convicted of criminal charges in Massachusetts appear to be more likely to later be arrested and convicted of additional criminal charges. This fact is evident in a report that was recently released by the Council of State Governments which details the results of a study that examined several aspects of Massachusetts' criminal justice system.

Will theft charges in Massachusetts

Not all theft allegations lead to the same potential punishments. One thing that can play a role in what specific punishments a person accused of theft could face is what type of object they were accused of stealing. This is because there are certain types of objects that Massachusetts law has special theft laws for.

What are the legal consequences of vandalism?

When many people think of property crimes, they tend to think of instances in which one person takes the property of another person, such as theft or burglary. These may be the most notorious and infamous types of property crimes, but they are far from the only property crimes. One other type of property crime that many people may be familiar with is vandalism. However, while you may have heard the term vandalism, you may not fully understand vandalism in the eyes of the law.

Putting experience to work for those accused of theft

If you have been accused of a theft or property crime in Massachusetts, you need to take legal action in your defense as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove that you are guilty of the crime of which you are accused, and the more time you spend not preparing a legal defense, the less prepared you may be for the case that the prosecution prepares against you.

Man accused of robbery after incident at market

A man in Massachusetts was accused of robbing a convenience market at gunpoint on Feb. 18. Police say the incident occurred at a Honey Farms store in Worcester at 6:15 p.m. According to police, the 35-year-old accused man walked into the store, informed the store clerk that he was armed with a gun and demanded money several times.

Massachusetts Housing Authority director accused of theft

According to news reports, the executive director of the Stoughton Housing Authority was arraigned on Jan. 5 on charges of larceny from a building, larceny of over $250 from someone older than 60 and theft of a controlled substance. He was also charged with breaking and entering. The charges, which are all felonies, stem from allegations that he stole medication from an elderly resident.

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