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Is It “Burglary” If You Take Something From an Abandoned House?

By Hawkins Spizman |

The terms burglary and theft are often used interchangeably even though, legally speaking, they refer to different criminal acts. Burglary means entering (or remaining within) a building with the intent to commit theft or another felony. The theft itself is a separate crime. So you can be charged with burglary if you are caught… Read More »

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Is It Still Theft If the Victim Gave You Their Property?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Criminal theft is often associated with armed robbery or shoplifting. But theft can also occur when the victim gives you their property without the threat of violence. For example, if someone gives you a valuable piece of jewelry for safekeeping and you later refuse to return it to them, that is still considered a… Read More »

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When Does “Double Jeopardy” Apply in Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that no person may be “subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” Known as the double jeopardy rule, in simple terms this means the government cannot try you a second time on a criminal charge if you… Read More »

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What’s The Difference Between Theft And Robbery Charges?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, theft and robbery are two distinct charges with very different definitions. It is important to understand how each crime is defined by the law and what the possible consequences for a conviction may be. Facing theft or robbery charges can understandably create anxiety and stress given all the potential consequences associated with… Read More »

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Arrests Made In Georgia Church Theft Ring

By Hawkins Spizman |

Scams are common and can involve those that least expect it, such as churches and members. A recent theft ring among Georgia churches has led to more than $150,000 stolen. According to investigators, 36 churches were victimized in Fayette County alone. The theft is targeting mailed-in donations from members. Three people from Houston were… Read More »

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