Being accused of any type of theft, from retail theft to robbery, can be a highly stressful and even overwhelming experience. Allegations of this type mean that you are at risk of being forced to pay steep fines, being sent to jail or prison and being placed on a probation lasting years. To make matters worse, you could be facing a future of living with a theft conviction on your criminal record, a fact which can make life difficult in many ways. Theft, as a crime of dishonesty, carries a major social stigma which can make it difficult to find suitable housing or even be hired for a job. With your future at stake, it is vital that you take effective action now to safeguard your rights.
The severity of punishment if convicted on charges of theft depends on the magnitude of the crime. Offenses such as shoplifting will generally be charged as misdemeanors, whereas major theft violations such as burglary and carjacking are felonies, punishable by time in prison. In many cases, the value of stolen goods is the factor that decides whether the crime will be charged as grand theft or petit theft, offenses which are felonies and misdemeanors, respectively. Petit theft is charged in cases where the stolen goods are valued at up to $300, whereas grand theft is charged in cases where the property is valued at $300 or more.
Need a lawyer for a theft case in West Palm Beach? There are many ways to defend against charges of theft, and when you come to the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for a consultation, we will take the time to review all your options and give you our opinion of the case. It may be possible to beat the charges by demonstrating that you have been falsely accused, or that you had reason to believe that you had the right to take the property. Even if an exoneration or dismissal of the charges is not possible, we may still be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain.
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