Theft charges are typically prosecuted very aggressively regardless of how minor they are. When the value of property stolen is less than $500, those convicted could still face upwards of two years in prison.
Petty theft, which is more commonly known as shoplifting, is a crime that is most often committed by young adults and teens. These charges could have a devastating impact on their future and stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Theft is loosely defined as taking another person’s property by means of force, intimidation or with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of the property. The higher the value of the property, the more severe the sentence may be. In addition, if the person committing the theft is wielding a weapon or the victim believes they are, additional time may be added on to any sentence rendered.
When you or someone you love is facing any type of theft charge, it is imperative that you contact the Law Office of Nicholas J. Muscarello at (985) 345-1010 immediately to begin mounting a defense.