If you are convicted of shoplifting, there are many more consequences than most people realize. Depending on what the value of the stolen items are, a theft charge can be classified as either a misdemeanor or even a felony.
Having a theft conviction on a criminal record can make it very hard for people to get a job, especially one that has to do with handling money. It can also make it difficult for someone to find a rental property, since many apartment rentals run background checks before allowing one to sign a lease. In addition to this, it can even prevent someone from getting accepted into a college.
If you are innocent or even if you think you are guilty, don’t lose hope. An experienced Fort Wayne shoplifting attorney can sometimes get your charge reduced. No matter what the case, The Bellinger Law Office is here to help your situation.
Theft (after July 1, 2014)
Consequences: up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $5,000
Consequences: 6 months – 2.5 years incarcerated and fines up to $10,000
Consequences: 1 – 6 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
It is important to take note that you are allowed to be charged with multiple thefts in one single occurrence as a single count for the purpose of determining how much value the items stolen had.
Stolen Property: If it is suspected that you knowingly received stolen property from someone else, you may also be charged. It is important to take note that after the revisions of the Indiana theft charges on July 1, 2014, receiving stolen property is not considered separate from theft anymore. These charges hold the exact same fines and penalties as the person actually stealing the items.
Auto Theft (after July 1, 2014): In Indiana, stealing another person’s car and/or taking car parts from another person’s vehicle is considered a felony. The consequences of being charged with either auto theft or receiving stolen car parts can change whether or not there are previous similar convictions on your criminal record.
Consequences: 6 months – 2.5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
No matter which theft offense you are being charged with, the consequences can be life changing.
The criminal defense lawyers at The Bellinger Law Office understand how difficult facing a theft charge can be. We take the time to look at all evidence, reports and mitigating circumstances of your specific situation. For a vigorous and strong defense against and theft charge you have, please call our office today.
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