While the definition of theft may seem simple, the laws surrounding theft in the state of Minnesota are extremely intricate. This is in part because there are many specific crimes under the umbrella term “theft,” all of which have different criteria. Types of theft include:
Theft charges can be brought at the misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony level depending on what was stolen, your criminal record, and other factors. In addition, any crime that falls into the category of theft can potentially lead to jail time and a permanent criminal record. With so many potential variables and so much at stake, it is important to have an experienced and dedicated defense attorney on your side.
The prosecution begins building the case against you as soon as you are charged. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your attorney will have to spend time reacting to the prosecutor. If you contact our office right away, then we can concentrate our efforts on building the strongest defense possible.
Sometimes law enforcement did not follow proper search and seizure procedure during your arrest. Perhaps you were not informed of your Miranda rights. Or perhaps the evidence against you is weak. Our goal is to develop a thorough understanding of your circumstances. From there, we can ascertain what defense strategies are at our disposal.
This means in addition to the jail or prison time and fines associated with any felony or misdemeanor conviction, having a theft on your criminal record can lead to a range of collateral damage, including:
Even a potential romantic relationship can go sour if a background check turns up your criminal record. Our goal is to have your theft charges reduced or dismissed. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to argue that you be entered into a diversion program or make restitution. Please call our office for a free consultation about the defense options in your theft case.