Theft is not one crime in Massachusetts, but a label that covers many different types of theft and property crimes. These can range from low-level shoplifting to armed robbery. Theft involves depriving others of their belongings, property, merchandise, or services without their consent and with the intent to keep these items. Many theft crimes are categorized by the value of what was stolen.
If you have been arrested for any type of theft, you could be facing jail or prison time, heavy fines, long probation periods, and restitution to alleged victims. A conviction is a serious problem for the future, as you will be regarded as untrustworthy in the eyes of potential employers, landlords, and anyone else who views your criminal record online, At Harrison Barrow, Attorney at Law, P.C., we are here to do everything possible to help you fight the consequences of charges and convictions that can be devastating to your freedom and future.
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Theft crimes include both misdemeanors and felonies, such as the following:
- Larceny by stealing
- Larceny by stealing from a person
- Larceny by stealing in a building
- Motor vehicle larceny
- Writing bad checks
- Larceny of leased or rented property
- Buying or receiving stolen property
Penalties for such crimes will vary. For example, if you are convicted of stealing property valued at less than $250 (a misdemeanor), your penalties can include up to a year in a country jail. If the property was valued at more than $250, which is a felony charge, you could face up to five years in prison.
In some cases, it may be possible to get a felony theft charge reduced to a misdemeanor charge; this would decrease the penalties. When convicted of shoplifting or larceny, you may also be required to pay restitution to the alleged victim and/or face civil charges brought against you by a shop owner.
Petty theft, grand theft, and shoplifting are among some of the most common cases heard in criminal courts. While these offenses may seem minor, they can have a dramatic impact on your future should your case lead to a conviction. However, your chances of success in avoiding or minimizing consequences increase when you put a well-respected and proven defender on your side. With our trial lawyer in your corner, you will be making a sound choice.