If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for theft, then hiring an experienced criminal attorney is the first step for your defense. Ideally, you should pick an attorney who specializes in criminal defense cases specifically. This experience gives the attorney the unique insights to find the strengths and weak points in your case, helping you fight the charges and reduce potential sentencing.
Types of Theft Charges
What charges are you facing for theft? Of course, there are differences between a small retail shoplifting case vs. a big corporate embezzlement situation. Our team has the experience and knowledge to help with both misdemeanor and felony charges, including:
· Embezzlement: Theft that involves stealing money or property from a business or employer. It doesn’t matter the value that was stolen – these charges are always a felony.
· Larceny: If you take personal property from someone else, it is known as theft or larceny. The level of charges depends on the value of the stolen property. For example, a value of less than $1,000 is categorized as misdemeanor larceny (petty theft), while over $1,000 is categorized as felony larceny (grand theft).
· False Pretense: Another possible charge is a false pretense, which is used when the accused works in an unauthorized manner to present something to another person, then receives a return in value. Examples include selling or pawning stolen property, falsifying documents, or the unauthorized use of money.
· Robbery: Theft that involves the use of intimidation, threats, or violence to get the property. Since the threat is an added factor, the penalties tend to be higher than other theft types. Armed robbery has even harsher consequences when a knife, gun, or other weapon is involved.
How an Attorney Can Help
Remember: you have the right to remain silent. Don’t speak to anyone about your case before you have talked to a criminal defense attorney. Building your legal team is the best thing you can do to minimize penalties and protect your criminal record. Having a lawyer by your side optimizes the outcome, especially when you are facing jail time, fines, and other legal consequences.
If you need help with criminal charges, then contact us at Miles & Hatcher, LLP. You’re invited to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling us at (909) 481-4080.