Lynnwood 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 gross 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 Lynnwood 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
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 gross misdemeanor depends
on the value of the goods taken and whether or not a weapon or force 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, 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
(residential burglary), 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 $10,000 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 gross 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 with the use of an actual or apparent firearm or other
deadly weapon, robbery causing bodily injury, or robbery against a financial
institution is called robbery in the first degree and is a class A felony
punishable by up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine. Any other type
of robbery is robbery in the second degree and is a class B felony offense,
punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Shoplifting is one of the most commonly charged theft crimes. Shoplifting
involves taking or concealing goods from a retail establishment or business.
Most shoplifting offenses are categorized as theft in the third degree,
a gross misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to 364 days in jail
and up to $5,000 in fines.
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
more common ways to be charged with theft in the third degree.
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 $10,000 or $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 Lynnwood 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.
Contact a Lynnwood theft crime lawyer from the
Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear today!