Theft is a common crime that can lead to major consequences. Although it may not seem like a serious crime, a conviction for theft can drastically change your life. If you are facing theft charges in Minnesota, you need an experienced attorney to defend you.

Understanding Theft Charges

Theft can occur anytime an individual takes another person’s property, without that person’s consent or knowledge. In most cases, the defendant intentionally takes a possession from another individual in order to make some type of personal gain.

There are many different acts that can qualify as theft under Minnesota law, including:

  • Shoplifting;
  • Receiving or possessing stolen property;
  • Finding lost property without making an effort to return it;
  • Mail theft;
  • Identity theft;
  • Check fraud;
  • Burglary;
  • Robbery; and
  • Embezzlement.

Not all types of theft are treated equally. The level of charges you will face for a theft-related crime will depend on the circumstances involved. Some of the biggest factors considered when leveling charges are:

  • The value of the stolen property;
  • The type of stolen property; and
  • The presence of any firearms or other weapons in the act of theft.

Theft can range from a misdemeanor all the way up to a felony. A felony theft conviction can result in up to 20 years in prison, and fines of up to $100,000. Even in cases where the value of stolen property is under $250, you can still be sentenced to 90 days in jail, and a $700 fine. Additionally, you may have to pay restitution to the victim. You can also be charged with theft if you receive stolen property without full knowledge. Regardless of the situation, you need someone to help you understand your options.

Theft Defense Lawyer

A theft charge should not be taken lightly, no matter what the circumstances are. As soon as you are aware of a potential theft charge against you, it’s essential to contact a defense lawyer to represent your interests. Your lawyer will gather the evidence necessary to help get your charges reduced, or even dropped. With the right lawyer on your side, you may avoid serious punishment and maintain a clean record.

If you try to fight a theft charge without a lawyer, you may end up with a more serious punishment, or a conviction that could have been prevented. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have a lasting impact on your future. After serving jail time for theft, you may find it difficult to find a job, or gain the trust of others.

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If you are charged with theft, you need a qualified attorney on your side. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have the experience and knowledge to help get the best outcome for you. Our attorneys will work hard to fight for your interests. Don’t let a theft conviction get in the way of your future. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our online form for a free consultation.