Theft can fall into several categories: theft, grand theft, larceny, burglary, robbery and embezzlement. Depending on the circumstances and the value of the property in question, the penalties for a theft conviction can vary. Previous criminal convictions may also weigh in on the severity of any penalties. The possession or use of a weapon during the commission of a theft may also play a role. Thefts can be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies and punishments can range from probation to decades in prison.
The criminal act of theft is regarded as an offense of moral turpitude, as it involves elements of morals and honesty. Granted, if you are charged with theft, you are innocent until proven guilty.
However, even being charged with theft may damage your reputation and employment relationships. A theft conviction may impact your ability to find future employment as employers may be reluctant to hire a convicted thief.
Why You Need An Experienced Theft Defense Attorney
A theft conviction may follow you for the rest of your life. Who knows what occupation or career choice may interest you in ten, twenty, even thirty years from now. If your future profession requires state licensing or certification, you may be disqualified if you have a theft conviction.
Because a state-certified or state-licensed professional is put in a position of public trust, honesty and integrity are both highly valued. A theft conviction may eliminate that trust and prevent you from achieving your career goals.
With the advent of online state criminal databases, employers can now run instant background checks at a minimal cost. Accordingly, any criminal theft conviction can be easily uncovered on the internet.
You can count on the legal experience the attorneys with the Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group provide. Kemp, Ruge & Green understands the seriousness of a theft charge and how it can affect the rest of your life. Lawyers with the Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group will take the time to discuss your theft case, possible defenses and all your legal options. The qualified and experienced theft defense lawyers Kemp, Ruge & Green will assist you in time of need.
If you are even thinking about hiring an attorney for your criminal defense, please consult with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Please contact our office in Trinity at (727) 846-0028 for a FREE initial consultation.