Effective Representation for Georgia Clients Accused of Theft Crimes
Theft is a serious offense in Georgia. The crime itself is one of the oldest but continues to evolve as technology advances and people become more connected. There are many acts that fall under the term “theft.” Generally speaking, a theft charge correlates with the value of the stolen property. If you have been arrested because of theft, fraud, or shoplifting, our firm is ready to serve. You need an attorney that can effectively represent you by exploring the facts of the case and developing a defense to help mitigate the aftermath or have them dismissed altogether. For a consultation with an attorney, contact the Alfred Law Firm.
Types of theft in Georgia
Georgia identifies numerous acts of theft. Some of these include the following:
Theft by taking: Theft by taking is the act of the unlawful taking, appropriating, or being in unlawful possession of another’s property. It makes no difference as to how the property is obtained. Simply put, this act is the physical act of taking or holding someone’s property.
Theft by shoplifting: Shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft that our firm handles. It is the taking of merchandise without intending to pay for it. This can include taking the item out of the store without paying, changing the price, changing the container, or interchanging labels.
Theft by deception: Theft by deception is when a person unlawfully deprives another of property through fraudulent or artful deceit. This can include lying about the facts, failing to correct one’s misunderstanding about the facts, or other forms of deception regarding holding or appropriating another’s property.
Theft by conversion: Theft by conversion involves the act of unlawfully transferring funds or property against a contract or agreement that specifies the application of the property after lawfully obtaining said property.
Theft of services: Theft of services involves the act of acquiring services, entertainment, or the use of personal property with no intent on paying for said services, depriving the owner of expected payment.
Theft of lost or mislaid property: This offense is the act of controlling property without taking proper measures that are known to be or becomes known to be lost or mislaid.
Consequences for a theft charge
The consequences of most theft charges correlate with the amount stolen or the value of the stolen property. Most theft charges for property valued under $500 are treated as misdemeanors, subjecting a person to up to a year in prison and up to a $1000 fine. Other charges may be prosecuted as felonies, and subject a person to serious jail time, including, but not limited to the following:
- Property greater than $500
- Theft of a gravesite
- Theft of a motor vehicle valued over $100
- A breach of fiduciary relationship
- Subsequent theft charges
- Theft while acting as a telemarketer
- Theft of a firearm or explosive
Things to know if you are charged with theft
- If this is your first offense, your attorney may be able to work your case so that the charge stays off your record.
- Even if it is not your first charge, there are other ways your attorney can negotiate your case to keep you from having long-term consequences from the charge.
Contact our firm
If you are charged with theft, you have a lot to consider. You need to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. The Alfred Law Firm is ready to assess your case, guide you through your options, and zealously defense you in this serious matter. If you need our help, we are ready. Contact the Alfred Law Firm for a consultation as soon as possible.