Property crimes encompass a wide range of offenses that involve the destruction or theft of another person's belongings. From the more commonly known theft and burglary, to the subtler financial crimes like fraud and identity theft, each charge carries its own set of serious repercussions.

These crimes not only lead to potential imprisonment and hefty fines but can also leave a lasting stain on your personal and professional reputation. Facing charges such as theft, burglary, or vandalism requires more than just legal knowledge—it demands an advocate who understands the stakes and is prepared to protect your rights and future.

At Barnett Law Firm, I am here to guide you through your unique situation and diligently fight for you in and out of court. Your interests are my top priority, so get in touch with me for help.

My firm proudly serves clients throughout Tuscaloosa County, Walker County, Jefferson County, Bibb County, Hale County, Greene County, and Pickens County, Alabama.


Defense for property crimes revolves around a nuanced understanding of each offense and the ability to tailor a strategy to the specific situation. The most prevalent among them include:

  • Larceny/Theft: This crime involves the unlawful taking of someone's property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently. Specific monetary value can elevate theft to different categories, impacting penalties.

  • Burglary: Unlawful entry of a facility or dwelling with the intent to commit a crime within, typically the theft of property. Degrees of burglary may hinge on factors such as whether a person was present during the break-in.

  • Robbery: Unlike theft, robbery involves the use of force or intimidation to take property directly from a person. The presence of a weapon or injury can lead to aggravated or armed robbery charges.

  • Arson: Willfully setting fires to structures or property with malicious intent. Depending on the broader implications, arson can lead to severe consequences including endangering lives.

  • Vandalism: The willful destruction or damage to another person's property with no intent to steal. Vandalism criminal cases may hinge on the motivation and extent of the damage.

  • Trespassing: Illegally entering property with varying degrees of intent, often without causing any further harm. While usually a misdemeanor, certain trespassing instances can be elevated to felony charges.

  • Fraud and Financial Crimes: Engaging in deceptive practices for financial gain can involve various state and federal statutes. The value and scope of financial loss determine the severity of the fraud charge.

  • Identity Theft: Using another individual’s information for fraudulent purposes, often involving substantial investigation. The necessity to prove intent and utilize forensic analysis requires committed defense representation.

Property crime charges require not only understanding the specifics of the charge but also a strategic, experienced defense to protect one's rights and future. Whether dealing with theft, burglary, or financial crimes, each situation demands a tailored approach to secure the best possible outcome.




At Barnett Law Firm, my mission is to vigorously defend the rights of those accused of property crimes. I approach each case with the commitment to investigate thoroughly, strategize meticulously, and advocate fiercely. My defense practice encompasses several fundamental pillars that form the bedrock of my client representation:

  • Case Evaluation and Evidence Scrutiny: A successful defense begins with understanding the prosecutor's case. My team conducts a comprehensive review, assessment, and analysis of the evidence against you. I locate weak points, inconsistencies, and opportunities to challenge the state’s narrative effectively.

  • Strategy Development and Implementation: Once I’ve assessed the situation, I will develop a strategic plan tailored to your case. My approach focuses on leveraging any legal nuances and factual discrepancies in the prosecution's claims. I work with you closely to ensure you understand and are a part of the strategy that’s being executed.

  • Negotiation and Plea Bargaining: Sometimes, the best outcome for a client involves skillful negotiation to reduce charges or penalties. I engage with prosecutors to pursue the most favorable resolutions, including charge reductions, probationary sentences, or diversion programs.

  • Fearless Trial Advocacy: When the best resolution can only be achieved through trial, I deliver zealous, courtroom-driven defense representation. I leave no stone unturned in protecting your rights, challenging the evidence, and advocating for your innocence or minimized culpability before the judge or jury.

As your criminal defense attorney, my commitment to your case doesn’t end with a verdict. If you have been unfairly convicted, I’ll pursue avenues of post-conviction relief, including appeals, to rectify injustices and seek reduced sentences or exonerations.


Having Barnett Law Firm at your side means retaining an advocate who will not only fight for you but also equip you with the knowledge and power to stand strong as I go to bat for your freedom. Your future is worth fighting for, and I am here to help you every step of the way.

One of the ways I help you is through educating you and answering your most important questions. Here are some frequently asked questions I hear in my practice:

Q. What are the first steps I should take if I'm accused of a property crime?

A. The first step is to avoid making any statements to law enforcement or others about the accusation without a lawyer present. Anything you say can be used against you in court. Contacting an experienced property crimes defense attorney as soon as possible is crucial for protecting your rights and starting on your defense strategy.

Q. How does the law define property crimes?

A. Property crimes are defined as offenses against property ownership. They include a range of activities from theft and burglary to vandalism and arson. Each type of property crime has specific legal definitions and elements that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Q. Can the severity of a property crime charge be reduced?

A. Yes, with effective legal representation, it's possible to negotiate for lesser charges, especially if this is your first offense, if you're willing to make restitution, or if there's insufficient evidence to support the original charges. Strategies may involve dispute resolution, plea bargaining, or demonstrating mitigating circumstances.

Q. What role does intent play in property crime accusations?

A. Intent is a critical factor in property crimes. The prosecution must often prove that the defendant intended to commit the crime, which can be a key point of defense. For example, in cases of theft, proving that the accused had no intention to permanently deprive the owner of their property can be a viable defense.

Q. What if the property was believed to belong to me?

A. Believing in good faith that the property in question belonged to you can be a defense against property crime charges. This can apply to cases where there was a genuine misunderstanding or mistake regarding property ownership.

Q. How can an attorney help in cases of property crime accusations?

A. A knowledgeable property crimes defense attorney can offer several services,  including evaluating the strength of the prosecution's case, identifying legal defenses, negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or sentences, and representing you in court. Their expertise is invaluable in understanding property defense laws and achieving the best possible outcome.

Q: Why Choose Barnett Law Firm for property crime defense?

A. Choosing legal representation during a property crime case is one of the most critical decisions you will make. The choice to partner with Barnett Law Firm is a decision to pursue robust and dedicated defense. My commitment to your case combines the wisdom and experience of a seasoned legal team with the passion and advocacy of a trusted ally.


Facing property crime accusations should not be taken lightly. It requires the expertise, dedication, and wisdom of a proven legal team. If you’re ready to protect your rights and secure your future, the time to act is now. Contact Barnett Law Firm today to discuss your case and begin the process of formulating a defense that is as unique as the circumstances that have led you to this point.