Theft includes shoplifting, robbery, bad check writing, receiving stolen property, larceny, extortion.
Theft is defined as “the unlawful taking of someone else’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently.” Theft can carry charges such as a misdemeanor or felony depending on if there were weapons or other crimes involved in the actions. If you have prior offenses or other mitigating circumstances you may be facing heavier penalties and charges.
You should not try to tredge your way through any criminal investigation or trial without a strong attorney who has experience at your side. A few of the crimes in this category include these below:
Theft & Larceny – this is a wide range of activity and may refer to a form of burglary, or robbery, that involves any taking of another’s property. The accused may have shoplifted merchandise, written bad checks, or avoided paying major bills such as credit cards; a person may be accused of stealing or taking money that was not his or hers in some other form.
Burglary – This is generally defined as breaking and entering a building with the intent of taking property or committing a crime within. This charge depends on many factors to determine if it is a felony or misdemeanor. Breaking into a private residence is generally considered a felony, for instance, and carries even heavier penalties if people are actually there when it is committed. So is breaking into a bank or pharmacy.
Robbery – This refers to the act of taking something that does not belong to you from another person, even in their presence, by force, threats, or violence. The sentences for this are usually longer and the crime is considered worse due to trauma and potential or actual harm to individuals. It can be used in conjunction with other sentences such as aggravated assault or aggravated battery.
Arson – This is considered one of the most serious in most court systems compared to theft or intrusion and other property damage crimes. Arson is often used as part of an insurance fraud scheme, to destroy evidence, to kill or attempt to kill or maim another human being, or as a threat or intimidation tactic. Arson can be considered a hate crime and can even carry sentences of 20 years or more.
You need an experienced attorney by your side who can help you fight for your rights. Someone with experience in criminal defense may help detectives to move a certain way in their search and find new evidence that may help, rather than harm, your case. Furthermore, the right attorney with the right experience may help motivate the courts to give you a lesser sentence, avoid arrest, secure probation, and help find you other, less life altering, penalties.
However, whether you are charged by the state of Oklahoma or federally, by the US Attorney’s office you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you so it’s important that you discover how to find an Oklahoma lawyer for your particular criminal charges. You can also go to my testimonial and example cases page to read about some actual cases.