Why Hire Robert A. Dodell Attorney For Criminal Theft

Criminal theft is most often described as illegally taking another person’s property without having their consent to do so. In legal terms, the category of theft is a broad term, whereas categories of robbery or burglary are more specific. When someone takes something from a person’s home or their place of business then this is called a burglary. Robbery, on the other hand, is when someone takes a person’s property by force and directly from that person.

Criminal theft encompasses a range of offenses, including:

  • Theft of property or services
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Trafficking in stolen property
  • Theft of someone else identity
  • Shoplifting
  • Organized retail theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Fraudulent business schemes.

Criminal theft is a serious crime and the level of seriousness is determined by the amount of value the stolen items have. Being convicted of this crime can have a significant effect on job opportunities, loans, and apartment rentals.

Depending on the value of the items that were stolen, a person could be convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Any time a weapon is used during the theft, the crime also becomes very serious. As well, if anyone is killed or even injured during the theft then the level of the crime increases. Additionally, an individual’s prior convictions can increase the penalties as well.. Whether the conviction is a misdemeanor or a felony, there can be hefty fines, community service, a long probationary period, and, in the most serious cases, jail or prison.

 

Types Of Convictions:

  1. A basic class 1 misdemeanor means the stolen properties total value was less than $1,000. Someone convicted of this classification could spend as much as six months in the local jail, receive a fine of up to $2,500 and get up to three years of probation.
  2. A low-level class 6 felony means that the value of the items stolen was more than $1,000 but less than $2000. Someone convicted of this classification could serve as much as little as 4 months and as much as two years. Additionally, probation could be as long as three years and the fine could be up to $150,000.
  3. A class 5 felony means that the value of items stolen was over $2,000 and under $3,000. This could result in a prison sentence as little as six months and as much as two and a half years. Additionally, probation could be as long as three years and the fine could be up to $150,000.
  4. A class 4 felony results from a theft of items worth over $3,000 and under $4,000.  This could result in a prison sentence as little as one year and as much as 3.75 years.  Additionally, probation could be as long as four years and the fine could be up to $150,000.
  5. A class 3 felony results from a theft of items valued $4,000 but less than $25,000.  This could result in a prison sentence from two years and up 8.75 years.  Additionally, probation could be as long as five years and the fine could be up to $150,000.
  6. Anyone convicted of a Class 2 felony is guilty of stealing items of over $25,000. This could result in a prison sentence from three years and up to 12.5 years.  Additionally, probation could be as long as seven years and the fine could be up to $150,000.

 

Anyone who stands accused of a serious crime like the ones listed above should contact Robert A Dodell, Attorney At Law. No matter the circumstances, your future and legal rights are at stake. It will be imperative that you speak with an aggressive attorney who is experienced with this particular area of law. Protect your rights. The first initial consultation is free. Call Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, today at 480-860-4321 or email me.