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  • Burglary and Theft: Homeowner Help

    Apr 17, 2017
    Burglary and Theft: Homeowner Help
    in Property Damage, California Real Estate, JT Legal Group Blog

    Burglary and Theft: Homeowner Help

    Unfortunately, the crimes of burglary and theft exist and can make homeowners feel insecure when they realize they play as the victims in this scheme. It's reasonable to feel violated and scared after a stranger has gained access to your home, damaged your property, and helped themselves to your belongings. If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, it may be highly beneficial to hire an attorney that primarily focuses in property damage claims. By consulting with this professional legal adviser, you may receive compensation for your damages, loss, and emotional distress. Having such an attorney can defend you by using your rights to defend you to the fullest, most sincere extent.

    Burglary and Robbery

    Before diving into your own investigation or claim-making, it may be useful to understand that burglary and robbery are two different types of crimes. The main factor that separates the two is that one is based on intention. Burglary is committed when a person illegally enters a building or any locked container while intending to commit a crime. In order for this to be fully intended as a burglary, there must be a prominent intention of committing a crime against someone's property, like theft, or one against another, such as assault. Burglary can include charges varying in degrees of severity - depending on the crime committed along with it.

    Robbery, on the other hand, is simply a theft-type of crime in which a great force, or a violent threat of force, is used solely with the intent of stealing another person’s property. Moreover, the victim must also be present for a robbery to take place. If a victim is physically injured or a deadly weapon such as a gun is used during the crime, charges are increased to aggravated robbery.

    Both crimes are charged as felonies, which can send a criminal to prison for years.


    Apart from burglary and robbery, theft is a crime in which someone takes possession of a valuable object from the victim while intending to deprive that person from having the object. To prove that someone is guilty of theft, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual who committed such theft did so with the intention of permanently preventing the owner from having possession of the item and ever getting it back. This scenario is considered separate from borrowing an object or money, which isn't considered a crime. Theft is a crime that is considered either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the value of the item or money that is stolen.

    Seek Legal Advice

    If you are a victim of a burglary or theft, it's important to hire an attorney immediately after the crime has been committed. There's a property damage claim time limit with home insurance policies, which means you'll have to act sooner rather than later or you will not be able to collect reimbursement for your damages. In compliance with having an attorney represent your matter, an inspector may visit your home to assess the damages. If you're able to provide more information about items that were stolen, the claims process will be much faster.

    Dealing with the aftermath of the destruction of your home can be devastating, and take a while to heal from. Although you may feel somewhat violated and uncomfortable, your trusted attorney can greatly help by handling the case for you in court. Your experienced, property damage lawyer can defend and protect you to the fullest extent in the event that your insurance company is unwilling to pay, or doesn't pay adequately enough for your loss. A JT Legal attorney is well equipped with the articular knowledge to properly handle your claim, and even accelerate the matter in court. The firm only provides the best attorneys and legal advisers with the proper skills, and experience needed to get your compensation for your losses, as well as emotional distress you suffered (as a result of the crime).

    Call your experienced attorney today.

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