Ellicott City Theft Lawyer
A theft conviction can be devastating. Many people who are charged with theft are people who have made a one-time poor choice, but who are not perpetual offenders or dangers to society. A theft conviction, however, may do little to counter that perception among the public. Whether or not you believe you are guilty of the accusation against you, a theft lawyer like Colleen Kirby can work to see that your reputation is not permanently damaged from such a charge.
Experienced Ellicott City Theft Attorney
The penalties for theft largely depend upon the value of what was stolen. Naturally, stealing a pack of gum is considered less severe than stealing a flat screen television or even a car. Regardless of what is what you stole or how much it is worth, theft should always be taken seriously, as a conviction can very seriously and realistically become an obstacle for you at a later date.
Theft of objects or services with a value of less than $1,000 is a misdemeanor. § 7-104(g)(2)-(3). If an individual is charged with theft of objects or services worth less than $100, then that person faces penalties of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. § 7-104(g)(3). If a person is charged with theft of objects or services worth less than $1,000 but more than $100, then that person faces penalties of up to 18 months in jail and/or a fine of no more than $500. § 7-104(g)(2). In both these cases, as in all case of theft, a person convicted of theft must also restore the stolen property to the owner or pay the owner the value of the object or services. § 7-104(g).
If the theft involves objects or services worth $1,000 or more— it becomes a felony offense. Apart from the harsher penalties of prison-time and fines accompanied by a felony offense, the felony conviction is a penalty in and of itself. A felony conviction has a powerful negative effect of different aspects of one’s life: voting rights, employability, gun rights, just to name a few.
If an individual is charged with theft of objects or services worth $1,000 or more, but less than $10,000, than that individual faces a felony conviction and penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $15,000 or less. § 7-104(g)(1)(i).
If a person is charged with committing theft of objects or services with a value between $10,000 and $100,000— that person faces penalties of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000. § 7-104(g)(1)(ii). If anyone is charged with theft for an amount more than $100,000, then the penalty is a felony conviction accompanied by up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $25,000. § 7-104(g)(1)(iii). As with the misdemeanor cases above, anyone convicted of theft must also return the object to the owner or pay the value of the objects and/or services stolen.
We know that being charged or investigated for theft can become very complicated very quickly. We can represent you in court, advocate on your behalf, and make recommendations for a course of action.
Knowledgeable Ellicott City Theft Lawyers
The effects of these charges can be long-lasting and serious. From a legal perspective, they can include jail time, heavy fines, and mandatory community service hours. Colleen Kirby understands the stress and concern you probably feel regarding your theft charge and how it can impact your life negatively. She is committed and dedicated to representing you with diligence, aggressiveness, and clarity and can do whatever it takes to prevent your charges from turning into convictions.
Finding a Theft Lawyer in Ellicott City
If you have been charged with theft, Colleen Kirby has a myriad of tools we can use to help your case. If you have been charged with a felony, your attorney can work to negotiate a less damaging charge. Because many thefts are misdemeanors and many people charged are first-time offenders, your attorney can also work to obtain a deferred sentence or to have your charges dropped entirely. We will also work to show the value of the property that was stolen is not as high as is being claimed.
Ms. Kirby has experience in this type of case, and a track record of success in defending their clients. It is important to remember that we cannot guarantee success, and the case that you have will be totally unique and different than any that has come before it. But there are a number of things that a Maryland criminal lawyer can learn while trying similar cases, and they can use that experience on your behalf as they handle your defense. They will oversee some common obstacles and challenges that may present themselves, and they have the experience necessary to overcome them. When you have Colleen Kirby, Maryland criminal lawyer, on your side, you have retained the services of an experienced litigator who will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure that your rights are protected, and that your best interests are constantly being looked out for.
She offers a free consultation where they will be able to review the facts of your case and establish a strong defense strategy going forward.
Call Colleen Kirby Today
If you have been charged with theft in Ellicott City, call Colleen today at (410) 441-5005 for your free initial consultation. She and her devoted legal team are waiting to help you.
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