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Theft and property crimes in New Hampshire

Any criminal accusation can affect a family on many levels, and it can destroy the reputation of the person charged. Finances can be compromised. Jobs might be lost. An arrest for theft and property crime should never be taken lightly.

Property crimes include theft, burglary, identity theft, fraud, embezzlement, shoplifting, robbery, carjacking and all variations of these crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation crime report published in 2013 shows there were 33,174 total crime offenses reported to New Hampshire law enforcement agencies in 2012. Property crimes, labeled as burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft, totaled 30,693. This represents 92.5 percent of total crime offenses in the state. The largest percentage of those crimes, 73.0 percent, can be attributed to larceny and theft.

The report breaks this information down further, indicating that one property crime offense occurred every 17 minutes and seven seconds. Across the country, the breakdown of these types of crimes is one every 3.5 seconds. Using the FBI's report and the Census Bureau's data, it's noted there were 23.2 property crimes per each 1,000 New Hampshire residents in 2012.

The Superior Court of New Hampshire has jurisdiction over criminal cases such as property offenses. It is the only place where defendants can participate in a trial by jury. The Circuit Court District Division can have jurisdiction over misdemeanor and violation level criminal offenses, and some juvenile matters.

Whatever the specifics of the alleged property crime may be, the process contains the same basic defense needs: a sound strategy based on the individual circumstances, experienced review of the evidence and advocacy regarding search and arrest warrants, bond and other hearings and plea negotiations.

Source: Vital Signs: Economic and Social Indicators for New Hampshire, "Crime Offenses" accessed Feb. 04, 2015

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