A street crime is loosely defined as any crime that takes place in a public place. Street crime could include muggings or thefts, such as stealing someone’s wallet or purse.
Street crime is interesting, because it can range from violent to relatively unnoticed. A mugging, for example, might include the use of weapons and people who have hidden their appearance, while a pickpocket might use distractions to get away with their stolen goods without getting noticed.
No matter who you are, if you are accused of committing a street crime, it’s a smart choice to seek help from an experienced attorney. The penalties that can be assessed for committing a street crime can range significantly. Crimes using weapons might be penalized much more severely than those where no one was hurt or threatened, as an example.
What if you’re wrongfully accused of a street crime?
This does happen, and it’s frustrating when it does. If you’re wrongfully accused of stealing from someone else, you deserve a chance to explain or to clear your name. For example, if someone says you’ve stolen their purse but you have two that look identical, it may have just been a case of a mistaken item being picked up. Similarly, if you pick up a phone that look like yours, you might get a surprise if someone believes that it’s actually their lost phone that is in your possession.
Your attorney will help defend you, so you can have the best chance of getting the case dropped or the penalties lowered. Our site has more information.