Theft

Theft Defense Attorney In Anoka, Minnesota

Theft is a broad term that is used to describe a number of different crimes. It is the act of purposely taking property from another person without their permission and with the intent of permanently depriving them of it without their authorization and consent.

Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minnesota theft defense attorney who represents adults and juveniles who have been accused of all levels of theft crimes. He can create a strategic and aggressive defense that will help you obtain the best result in your case so that you can move forward with your life.

Experienced Theft Defense

There are many acts that can constitute theft. They involve intentionally taking the possession of, concealing, possessing, and using someone else’s property; swindling or tricking another individual in order to obtain property or services from that person; finding lost property and not properly trying to locate the owner; and copying or transferring a trade secret document so that the information can be used for one’s own benefit. Specific acts include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Misuse of a credit card
  • Shoplifting or possessing shoplifting gear
  • Check fraud and forgery
  • Misuse of public assistance
  • Larceny
  • Burglary
  • False representation
  • Misappropriation of satellite or cable services
  • Identity theft
  • Robbery
  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft

Any time property is taken from another person without that person’s permission, the act can qualify as some form of theft. The exact type of theft is going to determine the penalty that is paid if convicted of the crime. There may also be factors present that can aggravate the initial charge, such as the presence of a weapon during a robbery, and that can result in a harsher sentence.

Helping You Combat The Penalties

Theft crimes are categorized as felonies, gross misdemeanors, and misdemeanors. The level of the offense is typically determined by the value of the services or property that was stolen. If the theft involved a vehicle, weapon, explosive, or other dangerous item, that will also determine the severity because those factors can aggravate the initial crime. For instance, robbery without a weapon is not going to have penalties that are as severe as robbery with a weapon. Sometimes there are questions as to what constitutes a weapon and that results in your Anoka criminal defense attorney to prove the facts so that the outcome is a fair one and not one where you would pay harsher penalties than you would have to.

It is very important to fight the charges because a conviction can lead to jail time, prison, fines and fees, community service, counseling, and restitution payments. The criminal record itself causes difficulty finding a job, a place to live, and much more. By fighting the charges, you have a better chance at a brighter future.