Theft offenses can involve almost anything (forgery, credit card fraud, stolen identities, etc.) or anyone, including employees, shoppers, or even an acquaintance taking property from a residence. Being publicly accused of stealing anything is embarrassing and will impact your future employment opportunities. If you’ve been charged with theft, you need an attorney who will listen to you, understand your side of the story, and be your advocate.
Some theft related charges include:
- Theft of an Auto
- Cold Checks
- Receiving Stolen Property
MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY THEFT?
The difference between misdemeanor and felony theft charges usually hinges on the value of the associated property, so obtaining an accurate, realistic estimate of the item(s) in dispute is always important. Any such charge carries possible consequences of jail, fines, restitution, and banishment from the associated location, meaning you could be barred from shopping in places like Walmart, Target or Macy’s.
Shoplifting is a common charge. It’s also an area of the law where an experienced criminal attorney can do a lot to help a client. In most cases, a person charged with shoplifting is either trying to leave a store, heading to the exit, or in the parking lot.
Why is Shoplifting in Louisville such a Big Deal?
A shoplifting conviction (regardless of your age) can prevent you from getting a job. This is one of those charges (like DUI) that allow employers to question your judgment and character. It can also be used to treat you more harshly if you’re ever charged with a crime in the future. Bottom line is that convictions are a blemish on your permanent record.
To discuss what steps can be taken to defend theft charges, contact me at (502) 200-4482 or e-mail me for a free consultation.