Theft and shoplifting are crimes that are very commonly prosecuted. If you have been charged with theft you need to take the situation seriously. Theft may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor offense or as a felony, depending on the specific case.
Some of the most common types of theft include:
- Petty Theft
- Grand Theft / Grand Theft Auto
- Credit Card Theft
- Identity Theft
- Robbery / Burglary
- Receiving Stolen Property
If the crime is committed with the use of a weapon, the crime is considered a felony. The value of the property that is stolen may also make the crime a felony. Theft charges are often coupled with other charges, making the situation more complex. With the advent of surveillance cameras, prosecution for shoplifting charges is easier and may result in a conviction. The penalties for theft vary greatly based on the crime but may include any of the following:
- Jail Sentence
- Community Service
If you are convicted of a theft crime you will have a criminal record which will affect your life in the future including the ability to get a job. Even simple shoplifting charges can haunt you for a long time. Because of the high penalties involved in theft charges it is imperative that you do everything you can do to defend yourself. A skilled criminal attorney will provide you with the strongest possible defense against the charges. Additionally, your attorney will work to reduce your bail as well as your sentence if convicted.