Burglary, Theft &
Embezzlement Defense Attorney
A theft occurs when one person takes property from another person, another person’s home or car, or a commercial business with the intent to keep the property.
There are several different ways a prosecutor can charge someone with a theft violation, ranging from a simple misdemeanor petty theft from a retail establishment to identity theft, to robbery. It all depends upon the value of what was taken, if fraud was involved, and whether or not force was used to obtain the property.
There are theft-related offenses that do not involve the actual taking of someone else’s property. For example, a charge of shoplifting can be made when the prosecutor believes that an individual entered a building with the intent to steal. A charge of first-degree burglary (a “strike”) can be made when the prosecutor believes that an individual entered someone else’s residence with the intent to commit a theft or a felony.
Identity Theft Cases
Identity theft cases have been increasing over the past several years. Those charges can be based upon possessing someone else’s credit/ATM cards, identifying information, or personal checks with the intent to use them in a fraudulent matter. Identity theft can also be charged where someone has actually acquired credit, money, or goods/services while impersonating another.
Have you been charged with Shoplifting?
A petty theft charge results when someone takes property from a store valued at less than $950. A First time petty theft offense can be reduced to an infraction depending upon the value of the property taken and the effectiveness of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A misdemeanor theft charge is considered a crime and must be reported as a criminal conviction to potential employers. An infraction offense is not considered to be a crime and does not need to be reported.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE BEING INVESTIGATED, ARRESTED, OR CHARGED WITH A THEFT OFFENSE SO THAT I CAN HELP DEFEND YOU AGAINST THE CHARGES!