Property Crimes

When charged with a property crime, you need an attorney who understands the legal issues and can raise valid defenses.

  • Many of these cases show nothing more than a disagreement or dispute about property rights. 
  • Prosecutors and law enforcement sometimes use the criminal justice system as a collection agency in civil disputes. 
  • Serious property crimes alleged in the course of a divorce or domestic disagreements often involve two people with competing claims regarding their rights to possess or occupy the property. 

Although these accusations are serious, the law provides important defenses that can be asserted by an experienced attorney. Don't make the mistake of just pleading guilty.

Attorney for Property Crimes in Salt Lake City, UT

If you were charged with a property crime in Salt Lake City, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at (801) 532-5297. In Salt Lake City, many of these cases are investigated by detectives with the SLC Police Department's Property Crimes Unit or other local law enforcement agencies.

We represent clients throughout the State of Utah. Call us to discuss your charges, possible defenses, and potential penalties. We can begin your defense today.


Different Types of Property Crimes in Utah

Utah law provides for many different types of property crimes including:

  • Arson (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-102)
  • Aggravated Arson (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-102)
  • Reckless Burning (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-104)
  • Causing a Catastrophe (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-105)
  • Criminal Mischief (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-106)
  • Burglary (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-202)
  • Aggravated Burglary (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-203)
  • Burglary of a Vehicle (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-204)
  • Criminal Trespass (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-206)
  • Graffiti (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-107)
  • Property Damage Caused While Committing a Theft (Utah Criminal Code 76-6-412.5)

Additional Resources

Offenses Against Property under Utah’s Criminal Code - Visit the website of the Utah State Legislature to learn more about offenses against property under Utah’s criminal code. The most common property crimes prosecuted in Utah include burglary, criminal trespass, robbery, theft, retail theft and fraud. Also, find information on Utah’s Identity Fraud Act and Computer Crimes Act.

Property Crime Rates and Statistics in Salt Lake City - Learn more about property crime rate comparisons per 1,000 residents in Salt Lake City, the State of Utah and the entire United States. Find the total number of reports entered for burglary, theft, motor vehicle thefts and the corresponding rates of these crimes per 1,000 residents in Salt Lake City. The site also contained information on the number of crimes per square mile in Salt Lake City when compared to the national median.

Property Crimes Unit of the SLC Police Department - Visit the SLCPD’s website to learn more about the Property Crimes Unit. The unit has two sergeants, 12 detectives, and two pawn technicians who work closely with other law enforcement agencies within the greater Salt Lake City area. The unit allows SLCPD officers to share information and collaborate in solving property crimes. The units educate the public and local businesses on solutions to reduce crimes against property. A monthly meeting provides SLCPD and fellow law enforcement agencies a venue to share information and collaborate in solving property crimes. In 2012, the SLCPD Property Crimes Unit handled 17,155 cases with a clearance rate of 20% and a total of 2,592 arrests. Most of these cases were for theft, shoplifting, burglary cases, damaged property and vandalism cases. The unit also uses the Utah State Pawn Database to ensure compliance with state law. 


Attorneys for Crimes Against Property in Salt Lake City, Utah

When charged with a property crime in Utah, you should discuss your case confidentially with an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney. The knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP are prepared to assist you, no matter what criminal charges you face.

Contact the dedicated criminal defense lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP today by calling (801) 532-5297 to discuss your case.


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