How To Navigate Theft Charges In Indiana
Theft charges can vary greatly in severity, ranging from Class A misdemeanors to serious felonies. Understanding what you’re up against when charged with a crime involving theft is essential. In general, the severity of the charge depends on the value of the property stolen.
At The Region Lawyers, our attorneys can provide necessary guidance regarding what to expect and the penalties you could face. Preparing a defense early on is critical to help fight back against the charges you face and potentially lessen the consequences. Our attorneys have more than a decade of experience, including years of state and federal courtroom experience. Whether you face charges for shoplifting, burglary, larceny, receiving stolen property or more, we can offer the aggressive legal representation you need.
Determining The Severity Of Potential Consequences
Felony charges can have serious and long-term effects on your future. There are a few factors that can elevate a more simple Class A misdemeanor theft charge up to a Level 5 or 6 felony, such as:
- If the value of the property is over $750 (qualifies for a Level 6 felony) or over $50,000 (qualifies for a Level 5 felony)
- If the stolen property is a motor vehicle or component of a motor vehicle
- If the person has prior convictions
- If the stolen property is a valuable metal
- If the stolen property relates to transportation or public safety
- If the stolen property is taken from a hospital or health care facility
- If the stolen property is a firearm
Figuring out a theft charge can be confusing as the guidelines vary based on the accusation and value of the property. Charges can also become more serious if you have a prior criminal record. It’s important to speak with an attorney with experience in both misdemeanor and felony-level theft cases in Indiana.
How Can We Help?
At The Region Lawyers, we have a thorough understanding of theft cases at any level, as well as other types of serious criminal charges. If you’re accused of theft, contact us, and we can help you figure out what you’re up against, and begin to build a strategy to defend your case.
You may use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation, or call our Merrillville office at 219-961-3814 to get answers about your case. We work with clients throughout The Region, Indiana and northern Illinois.