Lynnwood Theft Crime Attorney

Theft in the First Degree (Theft 1)

Theft may be categorized into different degrees depending on the value of property involved and other factors. Theft in the first degree is the most serious categorization and may be charged as a class B felony offense in Washington. A defendant may be at risk of facing a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted of first degree theft.

Immediately involving a competent Lynnwood theft crime attorney is one of the most important steps you can take if you have been accused of or arrested for theft in the first degree. You may be at risk of facing years in state prison, fines and probation as well as a ruined career, limited employment opportunities and the burden of living with a criminal record long after you serve your sentence.

Charges for Theft in the First Degree in Lynnwood, Washington

There are specific circumstances that will lead to theft in the first degree charges, as opposed to those involving theft in the second or third degree, which are less serious. Theft in the first degree is defined as committing theft of:

  • Property valued at $5,000 or more;
  • Property of any value that is taken directly from the person of another; or
  • A search and rescue dog while the dog is on duty.

It is important to avoid the serious criminal penalties and other consequences of a theft conviction, and you can accomplish this by involving an experienced lawyer to represent your interests. I can help. As a former prosecutor who worked in the Lynnwood area for 7 years, I understand the inner workings of both sides of the criminal proceedings involved with theft crime cases. I am also completely dedicated to protecting my clients’ Constitutional rights at a time when they need it most.

Contact a Lynnwood Theft Crime Lawyer from the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear today to talk about your theft in the first degree / theft 1 charges.

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