In the State of South Carolina, property crimes are those related to both physical objects & specific locations, so long as the property in question has been damaged, harmed or entered unlawfully.
Some of the more common types of property crimes charged in South Carolina include:
- Burglary. Burglary is when a person enters a dwelling or building without consent and with intent to commit a crime. There are three degrees of burglary and the degree and seriousness is based upon certain aggravating factors being present. Robbery. Robbery is the unlawful taking of property from the person or presence of another by violence or intimidation. Armed robbery is when the crime is committed by a person armed with a weapon or pretending to be armed.
- Arson. Malicious injury to property. This can relate to real property or personal property.
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What is the Castle Doctrine?
The Castle Doctrine is a common law legal principal in South Carolina that provides protection from prosecution for the person who, in protecting himself or herself in that person’s home from an intruder, kills the intruder. This doctrine has now been codified into the South Carolina Code of Laws as the Protection of Persons and Property Act.
Some of the primary provisions of this Act include:
- A person is presumed to have a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury to himself or another person when using deadly force against a person who is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcibly entered a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle.
- A person who uses deadly force as permitted by the provisions of this article or another applicable provision of law is justified in using deadly force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of deadly force.
Important: This Act has other provisions that provide additional conditions for when this will and will not apply. The above information is only a partial summary for general information and does not include all of the requirements and elements of this law.
Have you recently been accused of committing a property crime in the state of South Carolina such as burglary or robbery? If so, you might be facing harsh penalties.
This is why it is so important to immediately contact our property crime lawyer in Rock Hill. Here at Bruce Law Firm, our defense attorney formally prosecuted these types and crimes and now provides experienced-based zealous defense representation to those charged with such crimes.
In South Carolina, there is not a single, uniform rule for the different types of property crimes. Instead, the potential penalties could be determined by the value of the property damaged or the presence of certain aggravating factors.
Other than murder, the crime of Burglary in the first degree has one of the harshest potential penalties of any crime in South Carolina. Burglary in the first degree is a felony punishable by not less than 15 years in prison, and up to life imprisonment. For purposes of this section, “life” means until death.