Theft crimes can range from relatively minor to serious felonies with grave repercussions. A theft crime is defined as the unlawful taking of personal property from another without that person’s consent. It can be accomplished in a variety of ways and there are numerous crimes that fall into this category.
You can be charged with a theft crime even if you have already returned the property. The key element is what your intent was at the time of the taking. Theft crimes are complex and nuanced, and require a dedicated, experienced attorney on your side to look at all the facts and possible defenses. The penalties for misdemeanor theft crimes can range from simple probation to a year in jail, including fines and paying restitution for the stolen items. If you are a first time offender, you may be eligible for diversion on the charges, which would earn a dismissal of your case. More serious charges, like embezzlement or grand theft, can result in prison sentences, repayment of restitution, fines, counseling, formal probation and/or community service. Theft crimes are priorable, meaning they become more serious with each new charge.
Don’t hesitate! Contact an experienced Santa Rosa theft crimes attorney from Wilber Law Offices at (707) 955-5298 today to help you figure out what your unique case needs and get started on your defense.