Do Not Underestimate The Consequences Of Theft And Burglary Charges
The consequences of a theft-related conviction can range from fines to serious jail time. These consequences depend on the alleged amount stolen, the specific circumstances of the alleged theft and the number of earlier convictions. In addition to fines and jail time, you may find it hard to rent an apartment, apply for a job or pass a background check after a conviction.
An Experienced Defense Lawyer For Theft And Burglary Charges
I am criminal law specialist attorney Sally Goodman. I vigorously defend people who are facing charges of theft, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing in state and federal court jurisdictions throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Experience To Focus On The Details That Often Make The Difference
When making arrests for property crimes, police often violate the rights of the person in possession of the property. Violations such as illegal search and seizure and ignoring the requirement for probable cause are common errors that can change the outcome of the charges. I apply 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge to investigate every detail of your case, reviewing factors such as probable cause; the arrest procedure; property confiscation; and custody of evidence to ensure you remain innocent until proven guilty.
Understanding The Differences Between Theft, Burglary And Related Charges
Theft includes a wide range of offenses from burglary to identity theft to shoplifting. Several theft-related crimes are also considered white collar offenses.
Working closely with an exceptional professional staff, I am ready to defend you from any type of property offense, including:
- Robbery and armed (aggravated) robbery
- Burglary of vehicles, carjacking, unauthorized use of a vehicle
- Organized retail theft, shoplifting
- Fraud, forgery and embezzlement
- Bad checks
- Receiving or sale of stolen property
There are fine lines between burglary and theft charges, so it may be helpful to take a look at the differences:
- Theft: A person commits theft when they take someone else’s property from them without their consent, or if they knowingly receive stolen property. Theft can be charged as both a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the alleged amount stolen.
- Burglary: A person commits burglary if they enter someone’s home or private building, with the intent to commit a felony, theft or an assault. Prosecutors may file these charges if they believe can prove that a person entered a building to commit a crime, even if they did not steal anything. Unlawful entry and intention are the focus of this offense.
- Robbery or aggravated robbery: A person can be charged with robbery if they cause or threaten to cause physical injury to another person while committing theft. Prosecutors may attempt to raise this offense to aggravated robbery if someone was seriously hurt, killed or if an alleged robber had a deadly weapon in their possession. Aggravated robbery charges can also be brought against a person if the theft was committed against a child, elderly person, or a physically or mentally disabled person. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony.