Minneapolis Theft & Shoplifting Lawyer
If you have been accused of a theft crime, this means you have been accused of stealing something from someone else. This may mean stealing from a shop, from an individual, from a business, from the government or from a financial institute. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your theft charge, it is important you speak to a qualified Minneapolis theft attorney about your legal rights and defense options. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, we have handled countless theft cases and can ensure that you walk away with the best outcome possible.
Theft Crime Charges
There are a number of criminal activities that constitute as theft. Petty theft and shoplifting offenses are often considered misdemeanor offenses while white collar crimes and internet theft scams are often considered felony offenses. We represent all cases of theft from petty theft to grand theft including the following:
- Identity theft
- Mail theft
- Receiving stolen property
- Shoplifting and possession of shoplifting gear
- Employee theft
- Stolen and counterfeit checks
- Credit card theft
- Issuance of dishonored checks
- Theft by swindle
Theft Misdemeanor and Felony Offenses
If found guilty of a theft crime you penalty and conviction will depend on the severity of the crime, the intentions of the crime, the impact it has had on the victim and the amount of goods stolen. If you are facing a felony theft crime, then you could be looking at up to 20 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines. Typical felony offenses include white collar theft crimes, bribery, embezzlement, internet crimes and mail theft. Crimes, such as credit card theft and mail theft, which span across the state line, or through the internet, may be tried in a federal court of law which can be even more daunting for the accused.
If you are facing a misdemeanor theft crime, then you could be looking at $1,000 in fines and 90 days in prison. Typical misdemeanor theft crimes include shoplifting, possession of shoplifting gear and employee theft.
Facing Theft Conviction
In addition to the above penalties, you may also be facing restitution to the victim and community service. This conviction will also go on your criminal record, causing issues down the road. A theft crime conviction does not look good on application, especially if you are applying for a bank loan or looking for a decent job. Most employers, landlords, financial institutes and schools perform a criminal record check as part of the application process. What his means is that this small conviction could remain with you forever. This is why it is so important to get legal help now.
Keep in mind that a theft accusation does not automatically mean you will be found guilty. There are a number of defense tactics one can take on the stand. We will assess your case, speak to experts and determine the best defense strategy for you.
Minneapolis Theft Lawyer & Attorney
Do not risk your professional and personal reputation with a theft charge. If you or someone you know are facing criminal charges, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at 612-564-4372 to speak to a Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer for a free, initial case consultation. You’ll be glad you did.