Theft Crimes A New Approach to Legal representation

Theft Lawyer in Birmingham

Convictions for theft and property crimes can taint your reputation, result in the loss of professional career licenses, and make future employment difficult. These consequences can occur with legal penalties, ranging from jail or prison time to hefty fines, required restitution to alleged victims, and lengthy and restrictive probation. 

Because these crimes imply deceit and dishonesty, they can cause irreparable damage within the community. Employers often view those convicted of theft with suspicion, making it difficult to secure gainful employment. Furthermore, the loss of a professional license, such as for accountants and others, can restrict professional advancement, thus limiting career opportunities.

Fighting back with competent legal representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. When you believe you are under investigation for a theft crime, you should bring in a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. 

At Elizabeth Hunter, you can rely on our trusted attorney's professionalism and unwavering support. We serve clients accused of theft and property crimes in Birmingham and the surrounding counties of Jefferson and Shelby. 

Schedule a free case evaluation at Elizabeth Hunter by contacting us online or calling (205) 900-3815

Alabama Theft Crimes

Alabama theft crimes include the unlawful taking of property or assets. They can consist of theft of property, which is the unlawfully taking or exerting control over another's premises, belongings, or property with the intent to deprive the owner of its use.

Theft by deception can include obtaining property by intentionally deceiving the owner with false representation or lies. Theft of services involves obtaining services ranging from hotel and restaurant patronage to home services, such as cable, internet connections, or home repair. This is also done by deception, threat, or other wrongful means with the intent to avoid payment.

Theft of lost property involves failing to return found property or taking such property without attempting to locate its rightful owner. Receiving stolen property is another theft crime that consists of buying, receiving, or concealing property known to be stolen. Finally, a common theft crime is shoplifting merchandise from a retail establishment without paying for it. 

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How Are Theft Crimes Charged in Alabama? 

Alabama theft crimes are primarily categorized by the value of the property or services stolen, with charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. The distinctions between these categories are crucial in determining the severity of the charges and the corresponding penalties. 

Each degree of theft crime has specific thresholds for the value of stolen items: 

First-Degree Theft

This is the most severe theft charge involving property or services valued at $2,500 or more, any theft of a motor vehicle, regardless of value, or theft involving a firearm. First-degree theft is classified as a Class B felony, carrying potential imprisonment of two to 20 years and significant fines.

Second-Degree Theft

This includes theft of property or services valued between $1,500 and $2,500, theft of firearms in some circumstances, or when the offender has prior theft convictions. Second-degree theft is a Class C felony, with possible sentences of one to 10 years in prison and substantial fines.

Third-Degree Theft

This offense includes property or services valued between $500 and $1,499. It is classified as a Class D felony, which can lead to imprisonment of one to five years and fines. However, these penalties might vary under specific situations or repeat offenses.

Fourth-Degree Theft

This refers to property or services valued up to $500. This charge is considered a Class A misdemeanor, with possible penalties including up to a year in county jail and monetary fines up to $6,000.

Aside from the above penalties, theft or property crime convictions may also result in court-ordered restitution to alleged victims for the value of the stolen property, probation with strict compliance requirements, including regular check-ins, and completing a designated number of hours of community service. 

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