Theft

Minneapolis Theft Defense Lawyer

Theft is a very common and simple crime in many cases, but it can also be one of the most difficult cases to defend. The reason for the difficulty is because no two cases ever seem to be the same. Luckily, an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney can create a strategy based upon the details of your case in order to structure a defense that is unique to you.

You need the help of an attorney because you have better chances of having your sentence reduced if adequate evidence is presented in your defense. It does not matter if you’re guilty, there may be certain circumstances present in your case that warrants a reduced sentence. If you are innocent, the goal is to prove your innocence so that the charges can be dropped.

What Is Theft?

 

There are a number of actions that can be considered theft, making it confusing for some when trying to determine if the act is actually theft. The following acts are considered theft:

  • Possession of shoplifting gear
  • Mail theft
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Writing bad checks
  • Counterfeit checks
  • Stolen checks
  • Larceny
  • Car theft
  • Computer theft

Theft is essentially the act of a person taking property that does not belong to them. The intention is to permanently deprive the owner of ownership. The theft is achieved by simply taking possession of the property, using deceptive practices to acquire the property, transferring or copying a trade secret for the benefit of the offender, or finding lost property and not trying to locate the owner.

The Consequences

 

Having a theft conviction on your record can be quite devastating. Credit bureaus, colleges, landlords, employers, or anyone who does a background check will find out about the theft conviction. This is one reason why it is not ideal to go to court alone and plead guilty to the charges. Your theft attorney can help reduce the charges against you or dismiss them so that you can avoid jail time, large fines, restitution, community service, probation, and all of the consequences that come with theft. While it may not be possible to avoid all consequences in cases where the defendant is guilty, it is possible to reduce them.

Expunging A Theft Conviction

 

If convicted of theft, you may find that it is possible to have the theft conviction removed from your record. This is something that takes time, however. It takes time because you cannot have the conviction expunged right after it is handed down. It is best to wait at least two to three years. The longer the conviction is on your record, the more likely you are to have it sealed. Having a theft conviction sealed means that potential employers cannot see it when doing a background check. The same applies to landlords that perform background checks.

 

Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney & Lawyer

 

Being accused of theft can interfere with employment, finding a place to live, and can damage your reputation. It is possible for you to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. To find out what your options are, call the Lundgren Law Office at 612-333-3908 for your free case evaluation. You have rights and they should be protected.

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