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Theft has been historically defined as the taking and carrying away of the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner. As society and technology advances, new forms of theft such as identity theft and card “skimming” are cropping up everywhere.

Our attorneys have vast experience defending those who have been charged with a theft crime. These types of offenses can be labeled as either a misdemeanor or a felony. This means that if you are charged with a theft related crime, you can be subject to incarceration of one (1) year up to thirty (30) years, depending on the nature of the case and the value of the property allegedly stolen. Some theft related crimes that you may be charged with and that we have been successful in defending are:

  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Fraud
  • Robbery
  • Grand Theft
  • Petit Theft
  • Dealing in Stolen Property
  • Burglary of a Dwelling
  • Burglary of a Structure

Over the past decade, computer-based theft crimes have become extremely widespread.  Many computer-based theft crimes are prosecuted at the federal level resulting in harsher penalties. Also, many states have “repeat offender” laws which subject individuals with prior theft or theft-related convictions to punitive sentencing enhancements.

Defenses

Thorough investigation and preparation is the key to the successful defense of these types of charges. Very often, experts specializing in computer forensics or handwriting can tip the scales in your favor, so your criminal defense team needs to have the resources to thoroughly prepare for battle with the prosecution.

In general, theft crimes are easier to negotiate plea deals on than violent crimes or sex offenses. Although we always prepare for going to trial, our experienced attorneys are skilled at various negotiation techniques. We will always work hard to achieve the best potential negotiated resolution possible, knowing that it is your choice whether to take a deal or go to trial.
Often times theft crimes have financial ramifications in the event that you suffer a conviction. Fines and restitution are often mandatory, and an experienced attorney can guide you and advise you from a financial perspective how to minimize the impact of these financial consequences.

Whether you choose to resolve your case by way of plea negotiations or to go to trial, the most important factors in a theft case are that your case is fully prepared and you are able to make a fully informed choice. Ultimately, it is your case and your future, so mounting a successful defense requires a team, not just a single attorney.
 

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