Theft crimes include larceny, burglary, robbery and armed robbery, fraud, carjacking and vehicle theft, identify theft, credit card theft, embezzlement — and even shoplifting. If you’re convicted, the stakes are high. If the property you took is worth more than $100,000, the charge is first degree grand theft. If the value is between $20,000 and $100,000, it’s second degree grand theft. Anything worth more than $300, but less than $20,000, is third degree grand theft. All three are felony charges. Petty theft — if the property is worth less than $300 — is a misdemeanor.
Even misdemeanors are serious charges and can leave you with a criminal record. You can go to jail and find it difficult or impossible to qualify for loans, jobs or housing for the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with one of these offenses, you need an advocate on your side, an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney who can work through the factors of your case and use them to make a difference. The attorneys at Katz & Phillips can construct a defense for you that we can use to try to get an acquittal, or have the charges against you dropped or possibly reduced so you suffer less penalties. We’ve successfully defended countless people just like you, faced with a conviction for a theft crime. Call us today for a consultation so we can discuss how to best approach your problem.