Despite a general downward trend on crime in the city, residential robberies climbed a remarkable 34% from this time last year. Home invasions are said to be the only type of crime that is actually increasing in the city this year and officials are wondering why and looking at ways to prevent it.
According to the Baltimore Sun, police are wary of blaming the economy or drugs, two commonly blamed factors when property crimes increase. The trend is hitting the areas of Northwest Baltimore the most with 21 reported home invasions so far this year (up from just 8 at this time last year).
The Sun article points out the difference between a residential robbery and a burglary as the presence of a victim. If there is no one in the house at the time, it is a burglary. If people are present it’s a robbery and considered more serious by the law.
The presence of people in the home changes a property crime to a crime against people. And anytime someone is victimized, the law treats that very seriously.
That isn’t to say that purely property crimes are not serious or victimless. On the contrary, theft crimes even when someone isn’t present can result in decades-long prison sentences. In addition, those people who lost the property in the commission of the crime may be entitled to restitution.
When you are facing charges like any of these an aggressive defense attorney is crucial. Whether someone was present when you committed the offense or if no one was there, the repercussions can be life changing and the charges shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Baltimore police and prosecutors are cracking down on these sorts of crime to bring the numbers down. You can bet that, especially if charged with a residential robbery, you will be facing serious consequences.
No matter what the actual charge is against you, I can help. I am dedicated to giving my clients the personalized attention they deserve and putting in the work that their case needs. Contact me today for some free legal advice on your case.