Have you been charged with theft? This can put your freedom at risk. Get in touch with a theft attorney from The Law Offices of Ossie Brown in Baton Rouge to discuss your case. We can provide you with expert service in criminal defense cases for misdemeanor or felony theft charges. First, let’s define the two categories of theft in Louisiana to better understand your possible consequences. We can help determine the right defense for your individual situation.
To differentiate between the two, you must first evaluate the value of the stolen goods. In the state of Louisiana, a misdemeanor offense refers to the theft of property valued under $1000. Theft of property valued at greater than $1,000 is considered a felony. For those guilty of misdemeanors, you could face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. As the value amount of your theft increases, so does the potential severity of your sentencing. If this is a repeated offense, your penalty can be even more severe. Contact a theft attorney in Baton Rouge as soon as possible to help with the complexities of your case!
What types of theft can be considered misdemeanor theft? This is typically low-value, theft of another’s property worth less than $1,000. This may include:
- Not paying for your meal at a restaurant
- Stealing money or other peoples’ property
These crimes occur without the use of weapons. Verbal threats or attempted aggression may still be considered a misdemeanor but have the real potential to be upgraded. If weapons or extreme physical or psychological violence are used, the case would be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony. If the crime is a repeat offense, this would also be grounds for enhanced penalties.
Felony theft involves the unlawful taking of another’s property, valued in excess of $1,000 and may be accompanied by violence. Examples of grand theft involve:
- Stealing a firearm.
- Armed robbery.
- Stealing a vehicle, plane, or bus.
- Theft of wild animals or horses.
- White-collar crimes of insurance fraud, money laundering, insider trading, embezzlement, or other fraud.
No matter if you have been wrongfully accused of theft or are possibly guilty of the charges, a theft attorney, like those at the Baton Rouge law firm, can help build your defense. We can evaluate the actions and intent involved in the crime to determine the best defense for you. The Law Offices of Ossie Brown can help negotiate a lesser penalty for your offense. Contact our team at 225-343-1111 or send us a message online to let us know how we can help. Schedule a free initial consultation with our attorneys to find the right legal advice for your case!