Facing Theft Charges
Standing accused of theft can be a serious situation with severe results. A theft conviction can damage your reputation for the rest of your life, in addition to resulting in heavy fines and extensive jail time. While any type of theft charges will not be taken lightly by prosecutors, theft itself is a more basic crime than its counterparts, burglary or robbery. A person must simply take property from another with the intent of never returning it in order to constitute theft.
Actions that qualify as theft vary greatly; for example, a person is committing theft if he or she steals a bicycle off the street or if he or she embezzles money from work. Theft-related charges and penalties vary and depend on the amount and type of property stolen. For example, if the property stolen was valued at $250 or less, an individual can be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail. However, if property stolen exceeds $250, potential jail time can increase to as much as five years and fines of up to $25,000.
Penalties for Theft
Charges for theft can range in severity including:
- Community Service
- Diversion Programs
- Payment of Restitution to the victim
While these charges differ in level of aggression, being convicted of theft can change a person’s life forever. With this in mind, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney who will help develop a comprehensive legal strategy and protect your interests.
Contact a Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing a theft charge of any kind, contact Cape Cod criminal defense lawyer James Powderly. Our legal team will help craft an aggressive defense for your case, and we will fight to protect your rights throughout the legal process. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (508) 343-0676 today.