In common usage, theft is the taking of another person’s property without that person’s permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. Every year there are numerous individuals who are convicted of a theft crime, many of these people are good morale citizens who made a mistake and deserve another chance, rather than fines, jail time and a harsh criminal record. In addition, there are many people who are wrongfully accused and even convicted of this crime. In order to make sure this does not happen to you contact an experienced and successful theft crime lawyer in Savannah, GA for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one have been accused or charged with a crime.
Whether you have been accused of misdemeanor petty theft or you are facing felony robbery or theft charges, you need to work with representation that can help you take the steps to protect your rights and your freedom.
When a person has been charged with theft, their whole world can be turned upside down if they are convicted. Once convicted of a theft crime, people must deal with criminal penalties like imprisonment, fines, restitution and probation. Penalties like these are never easy to accept and can adversely impact a person’s life for many years. For this reason, anytime a person has been charged with theft in Georgia, it is extremely important that he or she retain the services of a skilled Savannah theft attorney that can protect his or her rights and protect him or her from enhanced legal consequences. Theft crime cases involve their own particular set of issues, types of evidence and procedure that should be fully understood by your lawyer for him or her to properly handle your case. Our firm, Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C., has the ability to handle even the most complex theft charges and has the tenacity to tirelessly defend our clients’ rights every step of the way.
The type of property that is stolen and its worth are the main factors that determine whether a theft will be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. In Georgia theft will be considered a misdemeanor if the property that was the subject of the theft is below $500 in value. This is commonly referred to as petty theft. The penalties for misdemeanor theft involve a fine of no more than $1,000 and imprisonment for no more than 12 months. Felony theft is the theft of property that is valued more than $500. Depending on the severity of the theft, a judge can decide to deem a theft of items valued over $500 as a misdemeanor. This is solely at the discretion of the judge. If a judge considers the theft to be a felony, the punishment accompanying a conviction will be a sentence of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years (under certain circumstances) but no less than one year.
Theft cases in Georgia generally involve some of the following alleged crimes:
Theft charges can be complex and require a careful examination of all the facts involved. The Savannah theft attorneys at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C. can help you build your defense. Whether you are facing a petty or grand theft you need a tough and experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the allegations. Contact our office today at (912) 713-3426 for a free consultation. We work exclusively in criminal defense, and we provide highly personalized attention, experienced counsel and a proven reputation. Put our proven record to work for you.
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