The commonly used term “theft” covers a wide variety of offenses and charges, including the general taking of the property of another person without his or her consent, retail fraud (such as shoplifting), and identity theft. As the value of the stolen property rises above certain thresholds, the charges become more serious and the penalties after conviction become more severe. For example, in Michigan larceny (or theft) of property valued at less than $200 is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or fines; larceny of property valued at more than $1,000 is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and heavier fines.
If you are facing any larceny or related charges in Michigan, you need an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney on your side, ready to investigate your case, challenge the validity and admissibility of the evidence against you, represent you during any plea negotiations, and, if necessary, argue on your behalf at trial.
Repeated convictions for larceny, or allegations that a person threatened or used force in the context of a theft, expose that person to far more serious charges.
A related (less severe) charge is that of knowingly possessing or concealing stolen property.
In every allegation of theft, the prosecution must prove that the accused intended to permanently deprive the victim of the property at issue. However, a jury is allowed to infer intent from circumstantial evidence. Moreover, a defendant may be convicted on a larceny or theft charge even if someone else actually committed the theft, if the prosecution proves that the defendant encouraged or helped that other person’s acts, while knowing that the other person intended to commit that particular crime.
At the Leydorf Law Firm, we make sure that our clients fully understand the charges against them, the law related to chose charges, and the potential consequences of various decisions they will have to make as part of their defense. We are ready to get to work, to try to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed, to limit the penalties to which you might be exposed, or to seek a favorable jury verdict.
For a confidential evaluation of your case, contact Michigan criminal defense attorney Nicholas Leydorf today by calling (517) 388-6800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.