Theft is a charge that can range from what some people call “shoplifting” all the way to allegations that involve stealing money and property worth millions of dollars. Depending on the value of the items allegedly stolen, the crime of theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a higher-level felony.
How do you defend someone accused of theft? That is a very fact intensive question. One of our clients, who had been to prison for theft convictions in the past, was facing several new felonies related to stealing cell phones and cell phone cards. In that case we made a decision to see if the lead investigator was willing to detail his investigation. We went to the police station and sat down and talked to him, tape-recording the entire conversation. It was a simple way to gain valuable information. As he talked to us, it became obvious that he had made some mistakes and assumptions that could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately, it was too late to change his answers because they were all recorded. Charges were ultimately dismissed.
In other cases, we will spend pain-staking time watching video over and over, looking for something that can give our client the strategic advantage. One case, for example, involved the felony allegation of stealing tires from the back of a business. However, while watching the video and looking at photos we saw things that turned the case around. In the end watching the video over and over again paid off as the jury found our client not guilty because of things we pointed out that the prosecutor had missed.
There are many ways to defend a theft charge. Often, we are able to point the finger at other potential suspects, for example. The one thing about having 140+ years of experience is that we have a ton of experience from which we can draw in defending cases, including theft. However, that is only part of the equation because even if you have a great game plan, it won’t matter if the prosecutor does not take you serious as a trial threat.
We expect reasonable resolutions from prosecutors for our clients. That could mean that we expect a dismissal. It could mean that we expect an acceptable plea agreement. If we don’t receive an agreeable resolution, we will go to trial. We have built our reputation on the belief that if you fight for your clients all the way to trial when necessary, good things will happen whether the client is charged with theft or any other crime.
Our team of lawyers is uniquely qualified to protect your freedom and interests. We believe in taking swift, aggressive action to out-maneuver the prosecution and build a strong defense. We’ve done it for thousands of clients and we can do it for you.
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