Many people are surprised to learn that theft of any property worth in excess of $400 will be considered grand theft. This means anyone who is charged with stealing a motor vehicle, a firearm or even an expensive piece of jewelry could be facing felony charges of grand theft.
These charges are very serious, and should never be taken lightly. It is imperative that if you have been charged with any type of theft that you immediately contact a criminal defense attorney to help ensure your rights are protected. In extreme cases, even shoplifting can rise to the level of grand theft; for example, stealing garments worth $500 would be prosecuted under grand theft charges.
Felony convictions are difficult to get expunged from a record. This means that those who are tried and convicted will have to spend a lifetime acknowledging their crime every time they apply for a job or housing.
All too often, a young person will use someone else’s vehicle to go on a joy ride. Too frequently, this will result in a grand theft auto charge that will haunt them the rest of their lives. Oftentimes, friends will report their car stolen to protect themselves; we can dig into the facts surrounding the case to determine exactly what happened.
If you are facing grand theft charges, before you speak with law enforcement officers, contact the Law Office of Nicholas J. Muscarello at (985) 345-1010 immediately. We can help protect your rights and defend you against these serious felony charges.