Forsyth County Theft Crime Attorney
Misdemeanor and Felony Offenses
Theft crimes are commonly separated into the categories of those charged as misdemeanors and ones which are prosecuted as felony offenses. They all have to do with the unlawful taking or receipt of another's property. In Georgia, these crimes are misdemeanors if the stolen property is valued at $500.00 or less, except for the crime of theft by shoplifting. If the value of the property is over $500.00 ($300.00 for shoplifting) the offenses are considered felonies.
The penalties for these crimes vary according to the exact circumstances of the crime and the value of the property. If you are convicted of a theft crime, you face the possibility of probation, parole, restitution to the victim, stiff fines, court fees, community service and time spent in jail or prison. Factors such as the use of a weapon, bodily harm caused to a victim, or a prior criminal record can all bring about harsher sentencing.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for any theft crime, you will want to secure the best representation possible. A committed criminal defense lawyer from Zeliff | Watson works aggressively to seek and obtain the result which is most favorable for your specific case.
Types of Theft Crimes
Theft crimes include the taking or receiving of another's property, illegally obtaining property by deception or conversion, the use of threats in order to get someone else's property, bringing stolen property into the state and many others.
In your defense, we investigate, review and analyze all evidence and other elements of your case. At times, our findings allow us to pursue getting the charges against you dropped, without the need for a trial. If a trial is the best alternative, we use thorough preparation and hard-hitting tactics towards getting your case dismissed or having you found not-guilty.
There are times when the smartest and most viable approach to take is to negotiate your case with the intent of lessening the eventual penalties that you will face. No matter the legal battle in front of you, we work energetically to provide you with the most favorable criminal defense options available under the law.
Contact a theft crime attorney to learn your best options for defense when charged with a theft crime.