St. George Theft Lawyer
What Is Theft?
Theft crimes include a broad range of offenses, ranging from retail theft/shoplifting to robbery to theft by receiving. Theft crimes can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies and, similarly, the penalties for such crimes are both harsh and varied. If you or your loved one has been arrested for or charged with a theft crime, contact my firm as soon as possible.
Over 33 Years of Trial Experience on Your Side
As your St. George theft attorney, I am committed to fighting for your rights, your future, and your freedom. I have over 33 years of experience and have personally handled more than 100 jury trials. Armed with this in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, I am prepared to fight for you.
Types of Theft Crime Cases in Utah I Handle
At my firm, I provide aggressive legal representation for individuals accused of all types of theft crimes.
Types of Theft Charges
- Retail theft/shoplifting
- Theft by deception/extortion
- Armed robbery
- Receiving stolen goods
- Motor vehicle theft
- Theft of a firearm
- Theft of services
- Financial card violations
What Are the Penalties for Theft?
As previously mentioned, the penalties for theft crimes can be incredibly severe. The Utah shoplifting penalties, specifically, will face depend on a number of factors, including the value of the allegedly stolen property, the nature of the crime (for example, whether or not a weapon was allegedly used), if you have prior convictions, and more. In Utah, a third shoplift is a felony—even if the stolen item was a pack of gum.
If convicted of a Class B misdemeanor theft (theft of property/services that have a total value of less than $500), you could face up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Penalties increase from there, depending on the exact charge.
The penalties for second-degree felony theft in Utah (theft of property/services that have a value of more than $5,000; theft of a functional motor vehicle or firearm; or theft while armed with a dangerous weapon) include up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?
Robbery involves the theft of property from another person or business through the use of force, as defined by Utah state code 76-6-301. While burglary occurs when an individual enters another’s property, without permission, to commit a crime such as theft, assault, sexual battery, lewdness, or a felony, according to Utah code 76-6-202.
The charges for burglary and robbery differ as well. Burglary is usually considered a felony of the third degree, but is moved to a second-degree felony if it the burglary occurred in a place of residence. Robbery is charged as a second degree felony.
Avoid Serious Penalties for Theft; Schedule a Free Consultation
Theft crime charges should be taken seriously, as prosecutors will often seek the maximum penalties possible. No matter how minor your charges may seem, it is in your best interests to speak to an experienced St. George theft attorney about your situation. As your lawyer, I can serve as your trusted advocate and guide throughout each stage of the legal process. I can review all available evidence and use my extensive legal experience to build a solid defense on your behalf.
For a free, confidential consultation with a lawyer in St. George, Cedar City, or Hurricane, UT. Call my office at (435) 740-8460 today. Payment plans are available and all calls are answered within 24 hours.
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