Theft, also commonly referred to as larceny, is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of crimes that involve the intentional taking of another person’s property. Property crimes are considered serious offenses in the United States and as a consequence, are punished harshly. Shoplifting, robbery, burglary, extortion, and embezzlement are all theft-related crimes, although some are considered more serious than others. Depending on the specific charge, penalties may include imprisonment, probation, restitution to the victims and more.
If you have been charged with a theft-related crime, it is crucial to have an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Please contact Jacoby & Meyers Criminal Defense today for a free consultation with a proven criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your case and determine your best course of action.
- Burglary is characterized by the unlawful entry of another person/entity’s property with the intent to commit theft.
- Robbery refers to the direct use of force, threat, or intimidation to obtain another’s property.
- Shoplifting occurs when an individual takes goods from a place of business without intending to pay.
- Embezzlement occurs when a person in a position of trust, usually in employment or corporate settings, takes money or assets for personal use.
- Extortion is a type of theft characterized by the use of threat or intimidation to obtain another person’s property. However, extortion differs from robbery in that the victim is in no imminent physical danger.
Not all instances of theft constitute a felony crime, and consequences vary according to circumstance. Still, even in cases where the charge is petty theft, the consequences are almost always severe if the person accused has a prior criminal history. Other factors that play a role in determining consequences include probation or parole status, attitude of community towards property crimes, and more.
At Jacoby & Meyers Criminal Defense, we understand the gravity of criminal charges and are committed to defending the rights of the accused. If you’ve been accused of committing a theft-related crime, let us help you.
Please contact the law offices of Jacoby & Meyers today for a complimentary consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can build a strong case in your defense and ensure you don’t face excessive or undue punishment. We have offices throughout the U.S.