Stealing

Hiring an attorney is always important following an arrest. It is especially important when the charges include stealing. Most people do not realize that the value of the item in question can determine whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If the item is valued at $500 or more, you could be facing felony charges. An aggressive criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a civil resolution to the incident and help you avoid the stigma associated with a criminal charge.

Helping You Avoid The Consequences Of A Theft Charge

Because there are so many types of theft, the potential consequences can vary widely. A few possible consequences include:

  • You may be civilly liable for the full retail value of any item taken from the location plus incidental expenses.
  • You may be civilly liable to the business owner for damages ranging between $100 and $250, plus court costs and the payment of his or her attorney fees.
  • You may be charged with a misdemeanor, a Class C felony, or a Class B felony depending on the facts of your case.
  • If you are a parent and your child has been charged with stealing, the business may demand payment or file a lawsuit against you.
  • You may become barred from entering the business in which the incident took place.
  • You could potentially lose any tuition or scholarship funding you may receive.

Common Stealing Charges In Missouri

The experienced trial lawyers at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer know the complexities that can arise in stealing cases. Some criminal charges that involve theft:

  • Shoplifting involves the wrongful taking of merchandise.
  • Counterfeiting is presenting a copy or imitation as authentic or genuine with an intent to deceive.
  • Credit card fraud is committed by knowingly using a stolen, canceled or unauthorized debit or credit card or account.
  • Identity theft involves knowingly using identification not lawfully issued for with an intent to deceive or defraud.
  • Passing bad checks is committed by providing a check for the payment of money with knowledge it will not be paid.
  • Embezzlement is stealing or misappropriating funds that belong to an employer.
  • Robbery is the forcible theft of property. First-degree robbery involves forcibly stealing while causing or threatening physical harm. Second-degree robbery is forcible theft of property without causing or threatening physical harm.
  • Second-degree burglary is the crime of entering a home or other inhabitable building with the intent of committing a crime inside the structure.
  • First-degree burglary is committing the above offense while someone is present in the structure, a deadly weapon is used or threatened to be used, or someone is injured or threatened with injury during the burglary.

We Help You Avoid The Consequences Of A Stealing Charge In Missouri

If you have been charged with one of the offenses outlined above or any other crime involving theft, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you. An experienced attorney can:

  1. Evaluate your case by gathering all evidence and talking to witnesses to verify your account.
  2. Assess mitigating circumstances. Was it an accident or mistake? Is this a situation that allows for a civil remedy instead of criminal punishment?
  3. Prepare for trial, if necessary.

We promise to protect your rights and use our skills against the complex issues that arise during the litigation process. For assistance handling a charge of stealing or other crime, contact Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer for experienced legal help. We'll fight for you!

For more information on stealing and related offenses, access revised statutes of the state of Missouri: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C570.HTM.

At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, your rights will be protected. You can count the over a century of combined experience of our lawyers to help you get the results you need. Contact our experienced lawyers today for a consultation in our Columbia, Missouri, office at 573-355-5172 or 866-936-2599.