Non-violent property crime, the name is misleading because it makes these types of offenses sound minor, when in reality some of the crimes included in this category carry disproportionately high sentences of up to twenty-five (25) years in state prison.

Furthermore the government, despite the non-violent nature of these offenses, pursues and prosecutes them vigorously. In fact, across the United States there are approximately 3,000 individuals serving life sentences for non-violent property and drug offenses.[1] While in New York there are on average about 300,000 arrests per year for non-violent property crimes.[2] This suggests that these types of arrests affect everyone, from all walks of life.

They type of conduct that can subject an individual to prosecution for a non-violent property offense varies greatly, from knowingly entering the property of another without permission, to damaging property with explosives. The levels of offenses within this category also vary greatly, ranging from relatively low level misdemeanor charges, to B felonies (the third highest level of crime in New York).

Types of Non-Violent Property Crimes Commonly Charged in Albany

  • Criminal Trespass
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Public Lewdness
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property


If you are one of the thousands of Albany residents who have been arrested for a non-violent property crime, it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An arrest is not a conviction, and you still have the ability to fight the charges against you. If you are charged with a non-violent property crime, it is strongly advised that you consult with an attorney because even though these charges may seem minor, they can have severe consequences. Having an experienced team of criminal defense attorneys standing by your side can dramatically increase your chances of beating whatever accusations the government has leveled against you.

[2] New York DCJS