Charged With A Property Crime In Mesa?

A dedicated lawyer can protect your rights

Crimes against property, while generally not considered as serious as crimes against people, can still have major consequences for the accused in Arizona. Depending on the nature of the crime, a misdemeanor or felony property crime holds penalties, including but not limited to, jail time, heavy fines, probation, restitution payments and more. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your legal rights. You need to call Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC right away.

Defense attorney Charlie Naegle and his team represent people charged with all of the following property crimes in Mesa and throughout Arizona:

Depending on your charge, you could be facing months or years in jail, significant fines and other legal penalties. Your career and your future could be at risk. You need dedicated, personalized and committed representation from an experienced attorney who will advocate for your rights in and out of the courtroom.

The importance of hiring an experienced lawyer

Our firm can educate you on the legal process involved in your case as well as the possible courses of action and steps you can take to reach a favorable outcome. We have over a decade of legal experience serving criminal defendants, and we are ready to take on your property crime case, no matter how complicated.

Take action now to get your charges under control. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 today.


If you have been charged with arson in Arizona, you have been charged with knowingly and maliciously setting fire to a structure, property or wild land area. This includes setting fire to your own property for insurance collection purposes. In Arizona, arson is classified as a felony, meaning there can be significant jail time involved for adults and juveniles alike.

Being charged with reckless burning carries less severe penalties than arson, but should be taken very seriously as well. Those charged with this crime are people who the investigators believe may have not intentionally started a fire, but their reckless actions are still to blame. In Arizona, reckless burning is a misdemeanor.

Often, minor children are involved in arson or reckless burning cases. If your minor-age son or daughter has been charged with arson, it is important to talk to an attorney with experience handling juvenile cases and start an aggressive defense.

If you're facing these charges, have an Arizona arson attorney evaluate their case and look at the evidence the investigation has uncovered.

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Auto Theft

Auto theft or theft of means of transportation refers to the criminal act of stealing, taking or using another person's vehicle without their permission. An individual may also be charged with this if they purchase or borrow an automobile they know or have a reason to know was stolen or illegally obtained. If you have been charged with auto theft or believe that you may be under investigation, get Charlie Naegle on your side immediately to ensure that your rights are protected. We will find the holes in the evidence against you and use it to your advantage to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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Breaking and Entering

Breaking and entering are two of the elements necessary to constitute a burglary, generally defined as gaining unauthorized, illegal access to another's premises. This means the simple act of pushing open a door which has been left ajar is enough to constitute breaking and entering, if you have no permission to enter. Entering can involve either physical entry by a person or the insertion of an instrument with which to remove property.

Breaking and entering, in and of itself, is a misdemeanor crime when unaccompanied by more serious offenses. But the law takes this charge very seriously because it's usually a precursor to another offense. If you're facing breaking and entering charges, get Charlie Naegle on your side and take control of the situation.

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Burglary/Home Invasion

A person commits a home invasion crime when, without authority, he or she knowingly enters a home of another, with the intent to commit a theft or felony inside. Simply threatening to use force against an occupant of the invaded home may also be sufficient to cause a charge for burglary. When and how burglaries are charged varies greatly based on severity. Charges can range from probation to prison and significant fines and restitution.

If you have been charged with burglary or are under investigation, contact us today. We'll prepare thoroughly, investigate the incident and find the evidence we need to take down the prosecution's case against you.

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Criminal Damage

"Criminal damage" is the formal term used in Arizona to refer to vandalism and graffiti charges. Depending on the value of the property damaged, criminal damage can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. Often, minor children face this charge as well, as a seemingly innocent "prank" can lead to criminal charges and potential lifelong consequences.

If you or your child is under investigation or facing charges for criminal damage, you need to take the situation seriously right from the beginning. Contact attorney Charlie Naegle to start building your case.

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Robbery/Armed Robbery

In Arizona, robbery is an extremely serious charge. If you have been accused of robbery, you could be facing the possibility of years in prison. The distinguishing feature of robbery is that in addition to theft, it includes an aspect of threats or force. Unfortunately, this means law enforcement officials are rarely sympathetic to those charged.

Armed robbery is the taking of property from another by threat or force with the aid of a dangerous weapon or instrument. Because the law is relatively vague, there are many items that can be classified as a weapon or dangerous instrument - and the prosecution is usually very creative when it comes to the definition of a "dangerous weapon." Therefore, it is extremely important to consult with a competent Arizona criminal defense attorney who will fight these serious charges.

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In Arizona, shoplifting is normally considered a misdemeanor offense, which is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $2,500.00 fine. However, multiple charges for shoplifting can result in a felony charge. Whether you or your child is facing shoplifting charges, our legal team can help. We'll work closely with you to build a strong defense against the charge you're facing. Attorney Charlie Naegle has experience defending the accused in both adult and juvenile court, and he'll go to work to make sure you're protected.

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Theft occurs when a person, without lawful authority, controls the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the other person of such property. It can also occur when a person converts services without authorization or when a person knowingly takes control, title, use or management of an incapacitated or vulnerable adult's assets or property through intimidation or deception.

Depending on the value of the property stolen, theft can be charged as a simple misdemeanor or up to a class two felony. You may be facing penalties ranging from probation to up to 35 years in prison.

Don't let the prosecution steal your freedom. Protect your legal rights with attorney Charlie Naegle on your side. Take immediate action to fight back against a theft charge.

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Trespassing occurs when a person enters or remains unlawfully on a piece of property after they have been requested to leave, or are there without the express permission of the owner, or are there in violation of a posted sign warning of trespassing.

There are three degrees of criminal trespass in Arizona. First degree criminal trespass, which involves entering or remaining unlawfully in a residential structure, a cross burning, or entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a critical public service facility, can be charged as a class six felony, leading to probation and up to one year in jail or four months to two years in prison.

Second degree criminal trespass is charged as a class two misdemeanor. Penalties can include probation, up to $750 plus surcharges in fines, and up to four months in jail. Third degree criminal trespass is charged as a class three misdemeanor, leading to potential probation up to $500 plus surcharges in fines, and up to 30 days in jail.

Take your trespassing charge seriously and call a defense attorney who will protect your rights. Get attorney Charlie Naegle and his team on your side.

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Vandalism and graffiti may be seen as forms of open artistic impression to some, but Arizona classifies the acts as criminal violations. Depending on the value of the property damage, who owns the property that was damaged, and the age of the offender, vandalism can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Often, minor children face charges for vandalism; if your son or daughter is convicted, penalties could include:

  • Time in juvenile detention
  • Forced restitution to victims
  • Difficulty finding employment
  • Destroyed school reputation

An adult accused of vandalism can face misdemeanor or, if the property is heavily damaged, felony charges. Damaging government property also usually escalates the charge to a felony, which means retaining an experienced defense attorney is even more critical. If you've been charged, call Charlie Naegle today.

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3850 E Baseline Rd Suite 112
Mesa, AZ 85206
local phone: (480) 378-9000