Why you must always take theft charges seriously
It’s not uncommon to come across stories in local publications discussing how people were arrested and subsequently charged with theft under what could best be described as unusual circumstances.
For instance, just a few weeks back, many of the news outlets here in Maryland reported on a case in Anne Arundel District Court involving two men who were ordered to pay various costs and sentenced to 30 days in jail (plus one year of probation) after the Maryland Natural Resources Policy apprehended them stealing Blue Crabs from commercial pots.
While stories like these are certainly entertaining for readers, it’s important not to forget the gravity of the stakes for these or any other defendants facing theft charges.
Outside of a permanent criminal record, which can limit employment prospects, educational opportunities and living arrangements, a conviction on theft charges can carry result in some serious fines and jail time.
For example, if you are convicted on felony theft charges involving anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 worth of stolen goods, you could be facing a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to ten years in prison.
Indeed, the consequences are still fairly steep for even lesser amounts.
For instance, if you are convicted on misdemeanor theft charges involving less than $100 worth of stolen goods, you could be facing a fine of up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail.
As disconcerting as this is, having an experienced legal professional on your side can make a difference, as they can explore all possible avenues, including the possibility of negotiating with prosecutors for a reduction in charges.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, we provide aggressive advocacy for all clients facing theft charges — both felony and misdemeanor — and know how to build a strong defense designed to protect your rights and your freedom.
Please visit our website to discover more about how we can help.