Connecticut Theft Defense Attorneys
Providing zealous defense for theft-related charges in Connecticut
Everyone should know that theft is against the law, however, you may not realize there is a wide variety of theft-related crimes under Connecticut law. Each type of theft offense has its own elements that the prosecutor must prove and its own penalties upon conviction. For this reason, each theft case should be individually evaluated, investigated, and handled accordingly.
If you are facing any type of theft-related charges, you should discuss your case with qualified criminal defense lawyers Felice Duffy or Paul Thomas by calling 203-946-2000 as soon as possible.
Defending against a wide range of theft offenses
There are many different specific criminal offenses that involve theft. In some cases, it may be alleged that you physically took property behind the owner’s back while, in others, there may be allegations that you used fraud to wrongfully obtain property from an owner. The following are only some examples of the theft crimes Duffy Law, LLC handles:
- Larceny – “Larceny” is another word for theft and refers to simply physically taking another person’s property without their permission. Examples of larceny can range from shoplifting to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and the charges and penalties you face will depend largely on the value of the property that was allegedly taken, among other factors.
- Burglary – A conviction for burglary requires an important element not required for larceny, which is the unlawful entry into a dwelling intending to commit a crime within. That crime is often theft, although theft is not necessary for burglary charges to apply. The specific degree of burglary you may face depends on factors including whether anyone was present in the dwelling at the time or whether a weapon was allegedly used.
- Embezzlement – Embezzlement is known as a “white collar crime,” which means it is non-violent in nature and is driven by a desire for financial gain. An embezzler takes property without permission even though they actually had permission to temporarily handle or possess the property. This can include a cashier taking money from a register, a trustee keeping property from the trust for himself, an investment broker misappropriating client funds, and many other scenarios.
The charges and penalties that you may face in a theft crime can widely vary depending on many factors, including the value of the property in question. For example, petty theft involves theft of anything worth less than $500 and is a Class C misdemeanor, which has a maximum sentence of three months in jail and a $500 fine. On the other hand, larceny in the first degree involves property worth more than $20,000 and is charged as a Class A felony, which could mean up to 20 years in prison or a fine up to $15,000. Whether you are facing relatively minor or severe charges, it is vital to have the representation of a skilled attorney who understands how to defend against theft offenses.
Contact an experienced Connecticut theft defense lawyer for a free consultation
At Duffy Law, LLC, highly experienced criminal attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas zealously defend against theft or any other type of criminal charges. With years of experience in the federal courts, they understand how the criminal process works and how to best protect the rights of the accused. Please call Attorneys Duffy and Thomas in New Haven at 203-946-2000 for a free consultation.