Madison Theft Crime Attorney
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Everyone makes mistakes in life. Sometimes, those mistakes lead to serious consequences that can adversely affect their future. Those mistakes do not define you as a person and we work hard to get you through a difficult time and back on your feet again.
If you have been charged with theft, your future is at risk. The most important step in this situation is consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At The Coon Law Firm, PLLC, we will explore every legal avenue to work toward a favorable outcome in your case, such as getting charges reduced or dropped. Our Madison theft crime attorney is here to competently guide you through the complex laws and procedures that lie ahead.
Types of Theft in Madison
Under Mississippi law, theft involves the taking, stealing, or carrying away of another person’s property. Theft, or larceny, can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The categorization is based primarily on the value of the stolen property but can also depend on the nature of the item itself.
There are two main categories of theft in Mississippi, which include:
Petit Larceny occurs when the property stolen is valued at less than $1,000. This is charged as a misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum 6-month jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000
Grand Larceny occurs when the property is valued at more than $1,000 and is charged as a felony offense. If convicted, you will face the following penalties:
For property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $5,000, you will face up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
For property valued at more than $5,000 but less than $25,000, you will face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
For property valued at more than $25,000, you will face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
In some cases, first-time offenders may only have to participate in a diversion program, perform a certain amount of community service, or serve a period of probation. Repeat offenders are often charged to the fullest extent of the law.
Regardless of how many previous theft offenses you have, when you hire our firm, we will scour every detail to build a solid legal strategy on your behalf.
Specific Larceny Charges
Mississippi law also identifies several specific larceny crimes, including:
Larceny of Dogs
Theft of Credit Cards
Larceny of Crab Traps
Theft of Timber
Larceny of Public Securities
Theft of Livestock
Larceny of Wool From Dead Sheep
Theft of Crops
Larceny of Rental Property
Defenses to Theft Charges
Whether dealing with a misdemeanor or felony charge of larceny, it is essential to put up a strong defense for your particular situation. The essence of an effective strategy is that it casts doubt on the three main elements of the prosecution’s case, which include identifying the defendant, proving the taking away of another’s personal property, and demonstrating the value of the stolen property.
There are several potential defenses against larceny charges, including:
Lack of Intent
Mistake or Accident
Misunderstanding of Ownership
No Proof of Ownership
Right of Ownership of Property
No Intention to Permanently Deprive Ownership
Get Legal Help Now
When it comes to larceny, every case is different. Our Madison theft crime lawyer is prepared to listen attentively to your side of the story and help you devise a defense plan that is tailored to your unique situation.