Theft charges are categorized in two ways, theft over $5,000 and theft under $5,000. Either way if you are being accused of theft, you need to have a solid defense.
The theft over $5,000 category is a more serious crime and can have a prison sentence of up to 10 years in jail. But if the amount is less than $5,000, it doesn’t mean you are not punished, if convicted the charges against you will appear on a background check.
There are two ways to be charged if the value is less than $5,000; summarily or by indictment. If you are prosecuted by indictment there is a high chance for jail time, but on the other hand if you are charged summarily, you can be fined and face a maximum jail time of 6 months. Theft is a serious crime, and even first-time offenders have been charged with theft and end up with a criminal record.
In order to be found guilty there needs to be proof that you took something that belonged to someone else without their consent. That includes buying goods that you know are stolen.
What is the difference between Theft and Possession of Stolen Property?
Theft is the intent to take something that doesn’t belong to you, without the owner giving it up. Possession of stolen property is holding onto stolen goods for whatever reason or purchasing the goods after they have been stolen.
The sentence given for theft will depend on the situation of your offence, the value of the goods stolen, and if you have a previous criminal history. If this is not your first offense, especially of theft, then the penalty will be more severe.
Even if there is strong evidence against you, that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. A strong defense lawyer for Possession of Stolen Property, or Theft will be able to assess the case and increase your chances if lessening the charges or acquittal.
Don’t face these charges alone, be accompanied by a lawyer specializing in theft and possession of stolen property from What the Law. Our firm has a great reputation in representing our clients with the understanding they desire.
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