Theft is the unlawful taking of someone
else's property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property
permanently. Theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony having
serious consequences, including fines, restitution,
counseling, probation, jail and in some case prison. The
consequences will depend on the value of the property taken as well
as the prior record of the accused.
is committed when an individual unlawfully takes another
personís property. Theft can be committed through
intentional acts, bad checks, or failing to return
Crimes of theft
can range from obtaining by false pretense, larceny,
burglary, theft of property, or embezzlement. Generally
speaking, it is unlawful for anyone to steal, take or
carry away the personal property of another.
Examples of Theft Crimes:
- Auto Theft
Credit card fraud
- Grand Theft
- Identity Theft
- Petty Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property
Theft charges can be serious depending on
the value of the property stolen and/or the criminal record of the
defendant. In most cases, first offenses such as shoplifting are
punishable by a small fine and 1 year of informal probation.
cases, a first offense of shoplifting can be reduced to an
infraction thus eliminating any criminal record. A second
theft/shoplifting offense is a much more serious matter because of
the consequences. A second offense can be charged as Felony Petty
Theft (also called petty theft with a prior) and is punishable by a
year in county jail or even 16 months in state prison.
Many theft-related offenses can be charged as
either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances surrounding the
theft and the value of the property taken. A prosecutor may even charge both a
felony and a misdemeanor.
Theft laws can bring very severe penalties that can
change your life forever. If you are facing theft
charges, you need the aggressive defense that an
experienced criminal defense firm will provide.
We are focused
on your legal needs and we will work with you to plan
and strategize your theft case so we can get your
criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
If you are
charged with a theft crime you must speak to an experienced attorney
so that he can properly evaluate your case. The attorney will
discuss your rights and possible defenses. Developing a defense
strategy early on in the case is an important step prior to
discussing settlement or going to trial.
Whether you have a
criminal case involving theft, petty theft, or shoplifting, you
should contact The Sheena Law Firm today to discuss your case.