Theft crimes can be very severe, and can include prison time. You need a trusted criminal defense attorney by your side to fight for your future and your freedom. Let us be an advocate for your freedom.
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Types of Theft Crimes
With over three decades of defending theft crime cases under his belt, our seasoned criminal defense attorney knows how to best combat these types of charges. Our firm handles all types of theft crime cases, including:
- Unlawful concealment
- Misdemeanor larceny
- Felony larceny
Although there are many different theft-related felonies in North Carolina, including forgery, worthless check, and identity theft, among the most common of these felonies is obtaining property by false pretenses. In this case, an individual makes a factual representation to another, which is false, and was intended to deceive, and, in fact, did deceive another, with the intent to gain something of value. An example of this might be one applying for a charge card holding one’s self out on an application to be another person. Another example could be using someone else’s credit card without the person’s permission. If you have been charged with any theft-related crime, we encourage you to call our firm to get legal advice for your situation.
Theft Crimes Defense Lawyer
Our attorney will study all relevant data to your case, and let you know all of your options moving forward. If you are convicted of a theft crime, many factors come into play in regards to penalties. The type of offense, the value of the money or property allegedly taken, and your prior criminal history are all factors. Besides criminal penalties, a person who commits shoplifting in North Carolina can be held civilly liable to the store owner for damages too.
When the charge is larceny, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person intended to permanently deprive the owner of the items or property. This means the criminal intent of the person charged, not just the act of picking items up off a shelf, or concealing them, must be proved.
A charge of unlawful concealment involves a person purposely placing an item in a place where a store worker would not reasonably be able to see it, like in a purse. Most times, the person is stopped before even leaving the store. The crime is said to have occurred at the time of concealment. Many times, concealment is not done on purpose. That is not a crime. The state does not have to prove anything further as to the intent of the person charged. This is a key distinction from a larceny charge.
Although this charge would be a misdemeanor offense, it may still carry potential for an active jail sentence. Frequently, our attorney is able to work out negotiations with the prosecutor for dismissal of such charges. We may then be able to completely clear, or expunge, the charge from the accused’s record. No matter the charges you are facing, we will work to build a strong defense in your favor. Call now to get your free case evaluation and get started.
Prior to being a defense attorney, Robert DeCurtins worked in security at a large retail store operation. With lots of security work under his belt handling shoplifting cases, and especially as a certified polygraph examiner, he has a trained eye for theft crime details. Having conducted approximately 8,000 lie detector tests has given him a unique background in the field. This allows a point of view that has proven invaluable in arguing theft crime cases.
Because he has been on both sides of the field, our lawyer is adept with cross examining witnesses from the prosecution. If you are facing jail times, fees, and a tarnished reputation, you need a criminal attorney with experience to fight for you. Call now to speak to a team who has your best interest at heart.
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Our firm defends theft crimes in Charlotte, Monroe, and Gastonia.