Theft is a general term that encompasses various alleged offenses. It is the act of taking services or property from another individual intentionally, and with the intent to deprive the owner of them permanently without their authorization or consent.
Theft crimes can be categorized as felony, misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor level offenses, and the level of offense is typically determined by the value of the services or property stolen, the person you allegedly stole from, and whether the theft involved a dangerous item such as a weapon, explosive, or vehicle.
A common first offense for a theft crime among both juveniles and adults involves shoplifting. Theft cases can also range from:
- Misuse of a credit card
- False representation
- Misuse of public assistance
In Minnesota a theft charge may lead to harsh penalties such as hefty fines and imprisonment, mandatory counseling, community service, and paying restitution to the alleged victim. Moreover, since theft is viewed as a crime of dishonesty a conviction will make it very difficult to find employment and even housing.
Because of the seriousness of a theft charge, it is important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney. As one of Minnesota’s most respected criminal defense attorneys, Jeff is widely known for his high success rate in winning cases. And unlike other attorneys who divide their time into many different practice areas, Jeff Dean practices only criminal defense law.
To protect your future, call Jeff Dean today: (612) 305-4360.
– M.H. Former Client