South Carolina Property Crimes Attorney

The Jeffcoat Firm is dedicated to defending people who are accused of property crimes such as burglary, armed robbery, grand larceny, and forgery.  We fight to protect our clients’ constitutional rights, reputation, and freedom.  The penalties for property crimes are vastly different because the maximum sentence for many of the crime depends upon the value of the property and/or that person’s prior convictions.

Those accused of a property offense deserve a lawyer who is knowledgeable on the law, experienced in the courtroom, and understands the procedures used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.  Hiring a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on an advertisement.  Please review our qualifications and experience and contact us about scheduling a free and confidential case review.

***“Please note that any result achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.”


  • Armed robbery
  • Attempted armed robbery
  • Strong-arm robbery (common law robbery)
  • Arson
  • Breach of trust
  • Burglary – First degree, Second degree, and Third degree.
  • Embezzlement
  • Financial transaction card fraud or theft / FTC theft / FTC fraud
  • Fraud
  • Fraudulent check
  • Grand larceny
  • Malicious injury to personal property
  • Obtaining goods by false pretenses
  • Petit larceny
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Shoplifting
  • Trademark / Counterfeit


  • We can immediately begin your defense by sending a letter of representation (do not talk to my client letter) to the police and prosecutor and by filing a motion for discovery (a request for all of the information that the Government will try to use against you).
  • Prompt and personalized service with an emphasis on communication about your case.
  • Every case is carefully reviewed, discussed, and prepared for the best defense possible.
  • Bond hearings
  • Court appearances
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Negotiation of charges
  • Motion hearings
  • Plea hearings
  • Trials
  • Appeals


  • Attorney Review: Review your case with a criminal defense attorney, not a paralegal or legal assistant.
  • Your Case:  Discuss the circumstances surrounding the charges openly and honestly with the attorney in order to establish the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
  • Rights & Penalties: The attorney will explain your rights, sentencing guidelines, court procedures, and the defenses available under South Carolina law. If you retain us, we will immediately get to work on putting up your best defense.
  • Collateral Consequences: Collateral consequences are common to criminal convictions. Learn about the possible loss of gun ownership, voting rights, and other consequences.
  • Consultations are confidential. Review summaries of some of our most notable cases.


A strong defense is the backbone of all criminal charges. It is your lawyer’s job to know which defenses apply to your case and how to prove them in court. The following are just some possible defenses to property crimes committed in South Carolina:

  • Alibi
  • Misconduct by police or prosecution
  • False or coerced confession
  • Eyewitness misidentification (mistaken identity)
  • Necessity
  • Accident

***“Please note that any result achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.”


  • Jail/Prison time
  • Fines and fees
  • Possible loss of gun ownership
  • Possible loss of the right to vote
  • Possible loss of student scholarships


For more information about SC property crimes, please refer directly to the South Carolina Code of Laws at links listed below.

  • 16-11-20.Making, mending or possessing tools or other implements capable of being used in crime.
  • 16-11-110.Arson.
  • 16-11-125.Making false claim or statement in support of claim to obtain insurance benefits for fire or explosion loss.
  • 16-11-190.Attempts to burn
  • 16-11-311.Burglary; first degree.
  • 16-11-312.Burglary; second degree.
  • 16-11-313.Burglary; third degree.
  • 16-11-325.Common law robbery classified as felony; penalty.
  • 16-11-330.Robbery and attempted robbery while armed with deadly weapon.
  • 16-11-380.Entering bank, depository or building and loan association with intent to steal; theft or solicitation of person using automated teller machine
  • 16-11-390.Safecracking.
  • 16-11-510.Malicious injury to animals and other personal property
  • 16-11-523.Obtaining nonferrous metals unlawfully; disruption of communication or electrical service.
  • 16-11-620.Entering premises after warning or refusing to leave on request; jurisdiction and enforcement.
  • 16-11-911.Definitions; unlawful recording of motion pictures.
  • 16-11-920.Penalties.
  • 16-11-940.Penalties for violations of Section 16-11-930.
  • 16-13-10.Forgery.
  • 16-13-30.Petit larceny; grand larceny.
  • 16-13-110.Shoplifting.
  • 16-13-135.Retail theft; penalties.
  • 16-13-150.Purse snatching.
  • 16-13-170.Entering house or vessel without breaking with intent to steal; attempt to enter.
  • 16-13-180.Receiving stolen goods, chattels, or other property; receiving or possessing property represented by law enforcement as stolen; penalties
  • 16-13-210.Embezzlement of public funds.
  • 16-13-220.Embezzlement of public funds; presumption on proof of failure to account for receipts.
  • 16-13-230.Breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
  • 16-13-240.Obtaining signature or property by false pretenses.
  • 16-13-510.Financial identity fraud or identity fraud; penalty.
  • 16-13-525.Financial identity fraud enabling unlawfully present alien to live or work in United States; penalties.
  • 16-14-20.Financial transaction card or number theft.
  • 16-14-40.Financial transaction card forgery.
  • 16-14-60.Financial transaction card fraud.
  • 16-14-80.Criminally receiving goods and services fraudulently obtained.

*South Carolina Code of Laws- Property Crimes