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Theft Crimes

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A conviction for a theft crime can be catastrophic for your life and future. In addition to the very real concerns of fines and jail time, you have your long-term reputation to consider. While most criminal convictions make it difficult to obtain good employment, theft crimes make it particularly unlikely that a future employer or landlord will trust you. If you are facing theft charges, it is imperative that you make a strong plan of defense to avoid the long-term penalties that come with a conviction.

Located in Lawrenceville, Stacy Levy Law represents Georgia clients in all types of theft crime charges, including grand theft, burglary, and various white-collar crimes. Attorney Stacy Levy has more than 3 decades of legal experience, exclusively focused on defending clients against criminal accusations. She has spent time as a public defender in addition to operating her own private defense practice for many years. She is a smart, dedicated advocate with a strong track record of helping clients minimize the damage caused by theft crime charges.

The first step in your strategy to fight theft charges is to contact an experienced theft defense lawyer. Schedule a free consultation with Stacy Levy Law online or at (770) 545-6955 today.

Misdemeanor and Felony Theft

Georgia defines theft as taking something from someone by deception, conversion, or extortion. This might be physically taking someone's wallet or tricking a vulnerable person into wiring money to them. The penalties depend on the type or value of the stolen property or services:

  • Property or services valued at $1,500 or less – misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months' jail time and a $1,000 fine
  • Property or services valued at $1,500-$5,000 – wobbler offense punishable by 1-5 years in jail
  • Property or services valued at $5,000-$25,000 – wobbler punishable by 1-10 years in prison
  • Property or services valued at $25,000 or more – felony punishable by 2-20 years' incarceration
  • Theft involving a breach of a fiduciary obligation – felony punishable by 1-15 years' incarceration
  • Theft by deception of property worth more than $500 committed against a person age 65 or older – felony punishable by 5-10 years' incarceration
  • Theft of any amount of anhydrous ammonia (used to make meth) – felony punishable by 1-10 years' incarceration
  • Theft of a firearm, explosive, or destructive device – felony punishable by 1-10 years' incarceration and a 5-year minimum sentence for a second or subsequent conviction
  • Theft involving a gravesite or memorial – felony punishable by 1-3 years' incarceration
  • Theft by extortion (threats) – felony punishable by 1-10 years in prison

Generally, if a person has 2 or more prior theft convictions, a misdemeanor penalty will bump up to a felony wobbler, which means the judge has the discretion to choose to impose a misdemeanor (12-month) jail sentence or a felony (1-5-year) prison sentence.

Burglary and Robbery

Burglary and robbery are often associated with theft, though they are slightly different by definition. Burglary involves a defendant unlawfully entering a structure (e.g., home, business) with the intent to commit a crime inside. Robbery, on the other hand, involves the use or threat of force.

Burglary crimes are categorized into three types:

  • First degree – entering or remaining in an occupied or unoccupied dwelling structure and intending to commit a felony or theft inside
  • Second degree – same as first degree burglary, except it occurs in structures not used as dwellings
  • “Smash and grab” – intentionally entering a retail establishment to commit a theft and causing damages exceeding $500

All forms of burglary are felonies, with first degree burglary punishable by 20 years in prison, second degree burglary punishable by 5 years in prison, and “smash and grab” burglary punishable by 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Crimes of robbery are similarly classified into several types with varying penalty levels, depending on the situation:

  • Robbery – 1-20 years in prison
  • Armed robbery – 10 years to life imprisonment
  • Armed robbery of a pharmacy – minimum 15 years in prison
  • Hijacking a vehicle – felony sentence of 1-10 years’ incarceration or 10-20 years if the offender possesses a firearm or weapon and obtains or attempts to obtain the vehicle by force, violence, or intimidation and life imprisonment for a second conviction

Note that repeat offenders of robbery or hijacking must face the maximum sentence available. For a second conviction of a "serious violent felony" (e.g., armed robbery), the defendant must face life without parole.

Stacy Levy Law represents clients in a range of theft defense cases beyond the above, such as embezzlement and other white collar theft offenses. Whatever you have been accused of, trust that Attorney Stacy Levy will strategize an effective defense for you. 

Schedule a free consultation with Stacy Levy Law online or at (770) 545-6955 to discuss your legal options today.

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