The holiday season leads to more theft crimes, particularly packages being stolen from front porches or out of mailboxes. While this may not seem like a major crime, it is a serious criminal offense for individuals accused of stealing packages.
In fact, it is a federal offense to steal or tamper with mail. This includes packages, bags and any other type of mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. Individuals convicted of this type of theft can face up to five years in prison and significant fines.
Reports state that the United States Postal Inspection Service, which is made up of inspectors and police officers, makes roughly 10,000 arrests each year for postal-related crime. Criminal charges can include postal robberies, burglaries, identity theft and mail bombs.
Stealing from other delivery services is also a crime, and individuals convicted of theft will face similar penalties as those convicted of postal theft from USPS. It is important to note that receiving stolen mail is also illegal and punishable under the law.
Theft charges can result in serious penalties, including jail time and fines. Additionally, having a criminal conviction on your record can harm your future by making it difficult to find employment and housing.
You have rights after being arrested for theft. It is important to work with a criminal defense attorney right away to protect your rights and to explore your options in your case.
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