When people hear the word theft, they typically think of a burglar breaking into someone’s home and stealing money and/or expensive property. However, theft is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of crimes, ranging from petty theft to grand theft. The severity of the consequences generally depends on the value or cost of what was stolen, and this also determines whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
The 12 types of theft are as follows:
- Petty theft, which involves the theft of property that is worth a minimal amount of money
- Robbery, which is theft through the use or threat of force
- Theft by bringing stolen property across state lines
- Theft by deception
- Receipt of stolen property
- Theft of services
- Newer forms of electronic theft, such as identity theft
- Theft of lost or mislaid property
- Theft by conversion
- Intellectual property theft
Each state determines the penalties of these crimes, but the general consequences are as follows:
- Misdemeanor charge
- Felony charge
- Prison time
- Steep fines
- Loss of rights, such as the right to bare firearms in case of felony theft
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If you or a loved one have been charged with theft, it is essential you enlist the help of an experienced and strongminded West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney such as ours at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. We will review your case carefully and help construct a defense against the charges you are facing. We know just how much is on the line, which is why our criminal defense lawyers are determined to succeed on your behalf. Theft can be a heavy charge, and it requires the guidance and advocacy of a legal team with the tenacity and knowledge to fight for you.
To reach our firm and schedule an initial consultation with us today, call us at 561.721.0552.