Theft is a broad ranging criminal offense that is charged as a Class 3 felony down to a Class 2 misdemeanor depending on the amount of money or property involved. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Philip Smith defends clients who are facing municipal ordinance violations, misdemeanor or felony property theft and theft charges. Some of those charges may include:
- Theft including shoplifting, robbery, burglary or stolen property
- Forgery by manufacturing, signing or endorsing, or presenting a forged check for payment
- Theft by receiving is when a person accepts an item for a price that may be too good to be true or accepts an item knowing that it may be contraband or stolen
- Theft of Rental Property is commonly failure to return a rental car or rental property
- Auto Theft depending how auto was used and long it was taken (joy riding)
- Insurance Fraud may be false statements regarding car theft, arson, or other insurance fraud
- Computer Crime is a term used for a variety of theft, fraud, identity fraud, unauthorized data access and a multitude of other computer and electrics theft
Stress can make a person do things they never thought could happen. Shoplifting a scarf or item of value may seem out of character but a prosecutor may see it differently. Philip Smith has the skill and critical knowledge to challenge a prosecutor. Call 303-733-4535 today for a free confidential consultation.
There are different defense strategies for each type of theft charge. In some cases, I utilize my investigator or forensic computer expert to review video tapes, documents, computer hard drives and other evidence in developing your defense. Each case is unique and I take the time to analyze each situation to reach the best possible resolution. Negotiating with the prosecutor for the best resolution for each of my client’s is my primary concern.
If the prosecutor has multiple theft charges against an individual, the charges are frequently combined to increase the penalty. The greater the loss, the greater the consequence and punishment.
STOP TALKING to everyone but your criminal defense attorney. You are the most important person in your defense. The more you share with law enforcement, family and friends the harder it is for me to build a defense.
DON’T plead guilty just to get this over with. Call me first, Defense Attorney Phil Smith, 303-733-4535, to review your case. There are many elements to defending a theft case. A theft charge is a legal process that involves hours of evidence review, hearings and negotiation with the defense lawyer and prosecutor. Your case may go to trial. Your future is at risk.