Shoplifting And Theft Charges Can Seriously Impact Your Future
Crimes like shoplifting and other forms of theft are often thought to be relatively minor offenses or “mistakes of youth.” But depending on the circumstances and the value of the property stolen, theft charges can have serious consequences.
Moreover, a theft crimes conviction can follow a person for a long time, making it harder to find a job, pass a background check or get access to credit. If you are facing criminal charges related to theft, it is in your best interests to fight back with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney like Brian Hall at B. Hall Law.
How Theft Charges Are Categorized
In Oklahoma, there are two general levels of theft: petit larceny and grand larceny. Theft is often considered petit larceny if the value of the item(s) stolen is less than $500, and grand larceny if the value is $500 or more.
The categorization also depends on the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft and the victim. If property is stolen directly from another person, it is usually considered grand larceny regardless of the dollar value of the property.
The severity of punishment will depend on the factors mentioned above as well as whether the defendant has any prior convictions for theft. Sentencing provisions could include mandatory community service, fines, jail time and restitution to the property owner.
Responding Quickly To Charges With The Help Of An Attorney
Don’t ignore theft or shoplifting charges, and don’t wait to hire an attorney. The sooner you contact our firm, the more we may be able to do to help you minimize the consequences you are facing. If the theft was accidental or there were other mitigating factors that could influence the outcome of your case, we need to know and convey that information as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Theft Charges In A Free Initial Consultation
Based in Norman, B. Hall Law, serves clients in Norman and surrounding areas. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call us at 405-928-8703 or send us an email.