Theft crimes encompass a wide range of offenses which involve taking the possessions, assets, funds, or services of others without their consent. A theft crime may involve the use of threats or force, as in carjacking or armed robbery, where weapons are used to perpetrate the activity. Other theft crimes do not involve force, weapons, or even contact with the victim, such as the burglary of a business or residence that is temporarily unoccupied, identity theft, and various types of fraud. Other types of theft include shoplifting, petit larceny, grand larceny, larceny from a person (pick-pocketing), possession of stolen goods or property, and auto theft.
The penalties you will face in any theft conviction will depend on the nature of the offense, whether force or weapons were used, the value of the property stolen, whether you have previous convictions, and other facts unique to the case. You may be facing heavy fines, restitution to victims, and prison terms. Another negative consequence is a permanent criminal record, which can result in future problems finding employment, gaining career advancement, obtaining professional licenses, and even renting an apartment. Your criminal record will be accessible to anyone who runs a routine background check on you.
If you are convicted of stealing property valued at less than $650, you will be convicted of a petit larceny misdemeanor. In a first offense, you may face only fines and restitution. In a case of stealing property valued at more than $650, you will be charged with grand larceny, which is a felony which includes potential state prison terms. Every theft case has its own set of circumstances and facts. It is always in your best interests to get the professional advice of a criminal defense attorney who can advise and guide you throughout your case. I have represented many individuals in these types of cases, am familiar with the local courts and court personnel who handle them, and have achieved successful results through negotiation and through jury trials. You can discuss your case with me at any time by contacting Pandullo Law.