Skilled Defense Against Theft Charges
The word “theft” covers a lot of territory, from misdemeanor shoplifting offenses to large-scale felonies. A theft charge may seem like a small thing, since usually no one gets hurt, but these offenses can lead to hefty fines as well as prison time.
With over 45 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Neville & Cunat, LLP, can help you build a strong defense against theft charges. We are dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected and relieving some of the stress of facing criminal charges.
Theft Crimes In Georgia
Theft involves taking someone else’s property with the intent to keep it. Georgia’s theft statutes include various forms of illegal takings or possession, including:
- Receiving stolen property in another state
- Bringing in stolen property from out of state
- Theft by deception
- Taking lost or mislaid property
These offenses are punishable as misdemeanors if the stolen property is valued at $500 or less. If the property is worth more, the accused could be charged with a felony.
Theft becomes robbery when someone takes another person’s property by force or threat. Even an empty threat, if the other person believes it, can turn theft into a robbery — leading to far more serious consequences.
Burglary is different from theft or robbery because it involves entering a building or part of a building where you have not been authorized to be, with the intent to steal or commit another felony. All forms of burglary are felonies.
How Georgia Deals With Shoplifters
The threshold for shoplifting to be a misdemeanor or felony is lower than other theft crimes. Shoplifting property valued at $300 or less is a misdemeanor in Georgia. However, if someone shoplifts at least $100 worth of property from three different stores in a week-long period, those smaller thefts can be charged as a felony.
We generally think of shoplifting as taking items from a store without paying for them. But, Georgia’s theft laws recognize other ways of committing this crime, such as altering or switching price tags.
Contact Our Firm Today
If you have been charged with a theft offense, it is important to talk to a lawyer right away. Call 678-807-6511 to reach our theft crimes defense attorneys in Cumming. You can also request an appointment online.