Like any other type of crime, an arrest and accusation of theft in Georgia can result in serious penalties including jail time, fines, and a conviction on your permanent record. If you have been arrested, you should immediately consult with a skilled attorney at a theft defense law firm in Atlanta to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you do not receive a wrongful conviction or unfairly harsh sentence.
When most people hear the term “theft,” they likely think of someone physically taking money or property from another person. However, there are many different offenses that can be categorized as “theft” in Georgia. Some of the theft cases our firm handles include:
Your defense approach should be specifically tailored based on the type of theft offense that occurred and we know how to carefully evaluate your options based on your individual circumstances.
The potential penalties under Georgia theft laws can vary widely depending on the circumstances of a particular case, including the value and nature of the property that was allegedly stolen and the means used to take the property.
Value of the property — In Georgia, if you are accused of stealing $500 or less worth of money or property, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and may face up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 fine. If the property is worth more than $500, you may face felony charges and one to ten years behind bars.
Nature of the property — The penalties for theft crimes can be enhanced if you are convicted of stealing certain types of property, including government property, a firearm, a motor vehicle, gravesite decorations, anhydrous ammonia, among others.
Type of theft — The penalties can additionally be increased if you committed the theft in a certain manner, such as using a computer, breaching a fiduciary duty, shoplifting, or using violence or a weapon. Furthermore, the extent of the theft scheme can have an affect on your case, especially in cases of white collar crime. For instance, a one-time embezzlement offense may be punished less severely than a complex scheme that took place over many months or years.
Too many people in the Atlanta area do not take charges of theft as seriously as they should and they often end up facing consequences that are significantly more severe than if they had quality representation from a skilled theft defense lawyer. At Thomas, Webb and Willis, LLC, we have experience handling many different types of theft cases, from shoplifting to white collar crimes to violent offenses. If you have been arrested and accused of any type of theft offense, your very first call should be to find out how we can help. Call to discuss your case and to get theft defense help today. (404) 250-1113.