If you are arrested and charged with theft, speak with an experienced lawyer
What Are Theft Crimes?
Theft is exercising control of property with the intent to deprive the
owner of it. Theft crimes can either be classified as felonies or misdemeanors.
The distinction is the value of the amount taken. If the amount is in
excess of $500, defendants are charged with felony theft. Theft offenses
are prosecuted in either the state or federal courts.
Theft offenses vary. They include shoplifting, fraudulent use of credit
card, passing worthless checks, auto theft and identity theft.
What Happens if I Am Arrested for Theft?
After a person is arrested for theft, the presiding judge sets bond and
the conditions of release. The amount of bail that will be set is a factor
of several issues. These include a person’s criminal history, his
ties to the community and the type of theft offense with which he is charged.
Felony theft – which includes identity theft – is more serious
than other fraud offenses. Bail is therefore higher in these cases. We
seek to secure clients’ release through their own recognizance –
which saves them from having to post bail through a bonding company.
A significant factor specific to theft offenses is restitution. If clients
accept responsibility for theft, we seek to negotiate dismissal of charges
through immediate payment of restitution. A person’s willingness
and ability to pay restitution rapidly may increase his chances for dismissal
Once bail is posted, contact us. Even if you cannot post bail, ask a relative
to contact us. Do not plead guilty to any theft offense without speaking
to a lawyer.
Do I Need Legal Assistance if I Am Charged With a Theft Crime?
Do not plead guilty to any theft offense without counsel. We regularly
are able to negotiate settlements in theft cases that result in reduced
charges for our clients in both Tennessee and Mississippi. In many theft
and fraud cases, there are options available that entail paying restitution
and then dismissal of all charges. We therefore are able to obtain settlements
that result in dismissals for our clients.
A guilty plea to any theft offense has severe immigration consequences.
Conviction of any theft offense is a permanent bar to naturalization.
We have represented successfully many individuals whose immigration status
depended on our ability to achieve favorable settlements in theft cases.