Lynwood Theft Crimes Attorney
Areas of Practice: Theft Crimes
Facing criminal allegations for any sort of crime can have serious life-altering consequences for the accused. Theft crimes cover a broad range of offenses that can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of the goods taken. An ultimate conviction can involve penalties such as monetary fines, community service, jail or prison sentencing, probation or parole.
Needless to say, a conviction for a theft crime can have negative consequences on all aspects of your personal and professional life. At a time when your future is in the hands of law enforcement, you will need a seasoned and competent Lynwood theft crime attorney fighting in your corner to get your charges reduced or dismissed wherever possible. The firm offers criminal defense services for all types of theft crimes including the areas below.
The term "theft crime" covers a wide range of criminal offenses, all of which refer to taking something that belongs to someone else without their consent. The most common theft crime is shoplifting; however, theft crimes can also involve
robbery. Whether the crime is prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor depends on the value of the goods taken and whether or not a weapon was involved during the commission of the crime.
After an arrest, it's normal to have a lot of questions about whether or not you really need an attorney, or if you are going to jail, or when to expect your first court date. What's more, you might be wondering if an attorney is really worth retaining, and what they can do for you.
Burglary is the crime of unlawfully entering a building such as a home, business or other structure with the intention of stealing something or committing any other crime. Burglary can be charged as either a first degree Class A felony, or a second degree Class B felony in Washington. Both of which can carry a lengthy prison sentence and thousands of dollars in monetary fines.
A person commits the crime of embezzlement when they take or misappropriate funds. Embezzlement is typically committed by a person who has been entrusted to be responsible over those assets, and they abuse their position of power. The crime of embezzlement is a felony theft offense and a conviction may include incarceration in a state prison, hefty fines and restitution towards the victim.
There are two categories of felony theft: Theft in the first degree and
theft in the second degree. Theft over $5,000 is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. Theft of property valued between $750 and $5,000 is a Class C felony punishable by state prison for up to 5 years and/or a $20,000 fine.
Approximately 9 million Americans are the victims of identity theft each year. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly obtain, possess, use, or transfer someone's identifying information such as a drivers' license, social security number, or any other confidential information for the purpose of committing identity theft.
Possession of Stolen Property
It is against the law to knowingly receive, possess, conceal or dispose of stolen property. Possession of stolen property is a type of theft crime, even if you didn't steal the property yourself. It can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the type of property stolen and its value. Penalties can range anywhere from less than a year in jail to 10 years in state prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
Robbery is committed with the presence of the victim. Because imminent physical harm is a serious threat to the victim, this crime is taken very seriously. Robbery without the use of a firearm is called robbery in the second degree and is a felony offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $20,000 or both.
Shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft crimes that are often committed by normal people. Shoplifting involves taking or concealing goods from a retail establishment or business. Most shoplifting offenses are categorized as theft in the third degree, which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines, or both.
Theft in the First Degree/ Theft 1
Theft crimes may be categorized in different degrees depending on the value of the property stolen among other factors. In Washington, theft in the first degree is the most severe category and is charged as a Class B felony which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.
Theft in the Second Degree/ Theft 2
Theft in the second degree (theft 2) is a Class C felony offense that is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. A person can be charged with theft in the second degree when the goods or services taken are valued between $750 and $5,000 with the exception of a firearm or motor vehicle.
Theft in the Third Degree/ Theft 3
Theft in the third degree is the least severe of all the theft offenses. Theft in the third degree involves taking property or services that are valued below $750. Shoplifting and switching price tags are some of the common forms of deceptive practices that fall under (theft 3).
Trafficking in Stolen Property
Trafficking in stolen property is a felony offense in Washington. It can be charged as either a first degree or second degree offense depending on the role the suspect played in the operation. A person can be punished by a maximum of 5 or 10 years and pay up to $20,000 in fines depending on their conviction.
What to do with civil demands from stores
Under Washington law, retail stores are allowed to assess civil penalties against a person who is caught shoplifting from their store. Some retail chains are more aggressive at pursuing these civil demands than others. Paying a civil demand can be a grave mistake without first discussing your case with an attorney.
Contact a Lynwood Theft Attorney
It's absolutely critical to learn about your rights in the criminal process. To learn more about theft crimes and how an attorney can help, contact the firm today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.
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