Arrested for Theft / Shoplifting?

When you hear about someone being prosecuted for a theft like shoplifting or receiving stolen property, you may think it’s no big deal . . . certainly not as serious as other crimes such as manslaughter or drug dealing. But for the person charged with theft, the criminal process can be just as daunting . . . and the consequences can be just as haunting.

At the Lexington, Kentucky, law firm of Dan Carman PLLC, we take every criminal charge seriously. No matter what your needs are for criminal defense, we’ll be putting them first. Call us at (859) 838-1415 as soon as you know you are facing theft charges.

CLASSIFICATION OF THEFT CRIMES

Under Kentucky law, there are more than a dozen crimes falling under the category of theft, including:

  • Identity theft
  • Credit card theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Larceny
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft of lost property
  • Theft of services
  • Theft of telecommunications services
  • Theft by extortion
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Theft of mail
  • Shoplifting.

What you may be charged with depends not only on the nature and details of the offense, but also on the dollar value of the property or services involved. And whether the crime is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony is an important distinction in terms of penalties and how it will affect your future. We can explain the differences to you and go over your options. We know that small differences can sometimes make a huge difference.

PENALTIES FOR THEFT CRIMES

A conviction for any type of theft could mean:

  • jail time
  • a costly fine
  • community service
  • probation
  • restitution.

We will work on your behalf to aggressively defend you against theft charges and obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

LASTING CONSEQUENCES OF CONVICTION

Conviction on a theft charge can have consequences that linger long after you have done the time or paid the fine. It may keep you from getting the job you really want. You could face difficulties in finding housing. If you face any other criminal charges in the future, the theft conviction could complicate the picture. And, of course, your family relationships could suffer.

HELP IS AVAILABLE

A phone call to Dan Carman could be the next step you need to take. We take seriously what could be serious business for you and your family. Contact us by phone or through our online form here.