Property crimes are just as serious as other types of offenses in Louisiana. Crimes involving the property of another person can be complicated. Charges sometimes get filed over simple misunderstandings. You may have been unaware that you were on someone else’s property, or you may have unintentionally damaged something. In any event, you could be facing serious jail time and unexpected collateral consequences for an innocent mistake.

Attorney Nicholas Cressy can help if you’ve been accused of a property crime in Louisiana. He has experience as both a public defender and a defense attorney. He will work to uncover the real facts and present the best possible defense for your case.

Call Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC today at (504) 605-0777 to find out how we can help you.

Common Types of Property Crimes

The attorneys at Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC understand that no matter the charge, you are concerned about the consequences.

  • Arson – The intentional burning of a structure, property, or forest is a crime.

  • Vandalism – Maliciously damaging or destroying property can result in serious consequences.

  • Trespassing –If you intentionally entered someone else’s property without their permission, you may be charged with trespassing.

Penalties for Property Crimes

Those who invade the property rights of others can be subject to severe penalties under Louisiana law. Some crimes are prosecuted as misdemeanors and others as felonies. Depending on the circumstances, the consequences may be severe.

If you have been accused of committing a property crime you may be facing the following criminal penalties:

  • Incarceration in jail or prison

  • Large monetary fines and court costs

  • Restitution to victims

  • Probation

  • A permanent criminal record


In addition, criminal convictions can result in sometimes unexpected collateral consequences, including:

  • Loss of professional licenses for nursing, teaching, and practicing law or medicine

  • Difficulty obtaining a job

  • Inability to rent a house or apartment

  • Negative reputation among friends, family, and community

  • Disentitlement to certain government benefits


Forrest, Cressy & James has the experience to present a solid defense against property crimes charges. We understand the complexities of the Louisiana criminal justice system and know how to combat a prosecutor’s case. We will uncover the facts in your case and make sure your side of the story is presented in court.

Contact Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC today at to find out how we can help you.