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Overview: Theft Crimes

Shoplifting, Burglary & Robbery Charges in Polk County

A theft crime conviction has the potential to ruin your future, with penalties such as jail or prison, steep fines and a lengthy probation, in addition to a criminal record that could prevent you from finding suitable housing or employment. You may be able to avoid such negative consequences if you take action now by retaining a qualified criminal defender to represent your case. At Ayo and Iken, PLC, we have a team that consists of several former prosecutors and a former public defender, and you can benefit greatly from the fact that we have 35 years of combined experience with the criminal process.

Any type of theft crime charge exposes you to the threat of serious repercussions, but the sentence you face depends on the specific offense involved. If you are accused of shoplifting or a minor theft, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor and may be sent to county jail for up to a year. More serious crimes, such as embezzlement, burglary, robbery and grand theft, are generally charged as felonies, with sentences ranging into several years in state prison.

Penalties for Petty Theft & Grand Theft

Other factors that will influence the penalty you would receive if convicted include whether you are accused of using force or carrying a deadly weapon at the time of the offence, as well as the value of stolen goods. For example, for property valued at under $300, you will most likely face misdemeanor charges for petit theft, while more valuable property will increase the offense to a felony grand theft charge, ranging from third degree grand theft punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, to first degree grand theft, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

There are many ways to fight theft crime charges, from demonstrating that you have been falsely accused to arguing that you had reason to believe that you had a lawful right to the property, as well as seeking to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that there are flaws with the evidence. We can also negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduced punishment or an alternative form of sentencing. Fill out our free case evaluation form now so that an attorney from our firm can begin work on your case immediately. Contact Ayo & Iken PLC when you have been charged and want to learn more about how we can help you fight the case.

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