Arson is a crime defined as involving an individual purposefully setting fire to a property. While many think of the crime of arson as one that involves damage to a building, an individual can be charged with the crime for having maliciously set fire in the forest or to a boat. Arson is almost always prosecuted as a felony offense given its potential for causing serious bodily harm or death of its victims.
When people think "forgery," it probably conjures up images of some fellow wearing a jeweler's eyepiece in the back room of a shady business, cranking out documents for people who need new identities.
Connecticut has a multitude of laws regarding theft. Some deal with activities that many people may not consider "theft" in the traditional sense of taking an item that doesn't belong to you. For example, "theft of services" is a crime.
If you've been accused of shoplifting, the odds are good that it's for one of the following items. These are the five most frequently stolen products in the United States:
As the Christmas shopping season starts to get into full swing, the temptation by some people to shoplift can become overwhelming. Maybe it's a gift that someone would like to buy that they just can't afford. Maybe it's a small trinket among many on a counter that's easy to slip into a bag.
If you are accused of credit card fraud in Connecticut, you could find yourself facing serious legal consequences. Four people were arrested recently in Westport, Connecticut, for using fraudulent credit cards. They're all now facing multiple charges.
When charged with stealing something in Connecticut, it's important to know the exact charges that you're facing. There are a few different terms that can be used, depending on how the situation played out, and they may indicate what type of sentence you may be facing.
A 60-year-old man recently went into the Norwalk Police Department to turn himself in on a warrant that was issued decades ago for a 1989 theft. The man, who was living in Florida, found out about the warrant when he received a piece of mail stating that he had a warrant. He opted to fly to Connecticut to face the charge instead of trying to run from it.
Under Connecticut law, embezzlement occurs when people keep property that was entrusted to their care and for which they had an obligation to perform specific duties. These duties constitute a fiduciary relationship between the victim and defendant. That relationship is what differentiates embezzlement from theft or larceny. Someone who betrays his or her fiduciary duties is considered to have embezzled.
Here in Connecticut, as in many places, it's hard to drive for very far without seeing some type of graffiti on a building, underpass, street sign or even on the side of a large vehicle. Some may be no more than gang signs or other sort of identifying marks. Other may actually show some artistic talent.