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Criminal Property Damage, property crime, law firmA Long Grove, Illinois man was arrested recently for throwing a brick through the front door of his neighbor’s home. The man also allegedly entered the home and threatened his neighbor’s wife, then damaged property in the couple’s yard. He allegedly caused the damage because the two victims were Muslim, and said that, "That's what Trump would do,” according to Patch.com. Being charged with criminal property damage can carry a heavy penalty if you are found guilty. In this case, other penalties may apply, such as assault, unlawful entry, and the offense being upgraded to a hate crime. But what constitutes as criminal damage to property?

Proving Intent

In order for the prosecution to successfully charge and sentence a person for criminal damage to property, they must be able to show that the defendant had intent. The defendant must have intentionally caused damage to another’s property, according to Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/21-1. Or, the damage must have been caused by:

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, laws of larcenyAlthough theft is a common catch-all term, some states have separate laws for theft and larceny. Illinois is not one of those states. Both theft and larceny are defined in Illinois as offenses against property. The state uses the phrase “anything of value” to define exactly what property means. In Illinois, more than 290,000 property crimes occur every year.

The most common examples of property are money, real estate, and tangible possessions. However, under Illinois law, the actual scope of property is much broader. Based on the definition of property, this term can refer to anything from things of value growing on an owner’s land to written instruments concerning labor.

How to Determine if Theft or Larceny Has Occurred in Illinois

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Illinois juvenile crime, juvenile court, Naperville criminal attorney, property crimes, summertime crime, teen unemployment, crime prevention, juvenile legal problems, crime in ChicagolandIn summertime, Chicagoland communities routinely see an increase in property crimes, such as burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, and vandalism. Most of these incidents are done by kids who are bored and have too much time on their hands. Yet regardless of the reason they were committed, juvenile legal problems are a serious matter and require an experienced attorney so that the child gets a second chance at his or her future.

Summertime Juvenile Crime In Suburban Chicago

Property crimes in Chicagoland routinely spike during the summer months of June, July, and August. This corresponds with when kids are out of school and are looking for something to do to entertain themselves.

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