The crime of theft involves the taking of a person's real or personal property, labor, or money without their consent. Types of theft offenses range from stealing money out of a cash register to complex embezzlement schemes. Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, but can also involve federal charges if the theft involved interstate commerce, federal agencies or occurred on government property. If you have been charged with theft, an Akron criminal defense lawyer from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder can give you legal guidance in your case. We are a highly competent criminal defense firm with a successful track record defending clients accused of theft.
Theft crimes include white collar crimes such as fraud, identity theft and embezzlement, as well as auto theft, buying or receiving stolen property, burglary, carjacking and robbery. The penalties for a conviction in a theft case can include:
Sentencing can be increased depending on the type and quantity of items stolen, if the theft was part of an organized criminal activity, how the goods were stolen, if a deadly weapon was used, or if any injuries or fatalities occurred when the crime was committed.
Our firm will investigate the charges against you and look for weaknesses in the prosecution's case that can be used to reduce charges or can result in the base being dismissed. This includes any violations of your constitutional rights such as illegal search and seizure. First-time misdemeanor theft offenders may also be eligible for a diversion program. Once the program has been completed, the case will be dismissed.
Contact an Akron theft attorney at our office if you have been arrested for theft.