Theft and other property-related offenses are very serious charges. To get a fair result, you need a criminal defense attorney on your side to stand up for your rights.
Under the law, theft entails more than the simple act of taking possession of another person’s property. You can be charged with theft any time you obtain control of or authority over property that belongs to someone else with the intent to deprive that person of their property. As a result, the crime of theft can include the following offenses:
- Simple theft
- Motor vehicle theft
- Retail theft or shoplifting
- Theft of services
- Theft by extortion
- Receiving stolen property
In most theft crimes, the primary challenge is to prove that the defendant had the requisite level of intent. In other words, the prosecution must prove that you intended to deprive the victim of their property. However, they must also prove that you knew the property belonged to someone else.
The reality is that theft cases are often more complex than people realize. There may be legal defenses that you can raise. If you have been charged with theft, even a misdemeanor charge, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
The Value of the Property Will Determine The Penalties You Face
Generally speaking, the more valuable the property stolen, the harsher the penalties imposed if you are convicted.
- Theft involving property worth less than $500 is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries the possibility of up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if you are convicted.
- Theft involving property worth between $1,500 and $500 is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the possibility of up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500 if you are convicted.
- Theft involving property worth between $1,500 and $5,000 is a third-degree felony. If convicted, you face up to five years in state prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
- Theft involving property worth $5,000 or more is a second-degree felony. If convicted, you face up to 15 years in state prison and a fine of $10,000.
Other factors can affect the severity of the charges and penalties you face. The best thing you can do to guarantee a fair outcome is to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Other Property Crimes
In addition to crimes of theft, many other property-related offenses can result in criminal charges:
- Arson, aggravated arson, and reckless burning
- Criminal trespass
- Property damage caused while committing a theft
- Criminal mischief
- Causing a catastrophe
Whatever charges you may be facing, Nathan can provide an aggressive defense focused on obtaining a fair result.
Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Nathan Evershed if You Have Been Charged with a Property Crime
Whether you have been charged with felony theft or trespass, you can’t afford the penalties associated with a conviction. To get the help you need, contact us today via phone or email to schedule a free consultation.