Theft Defense Attorney in Shakopee, Minnesota
Theft is a broad term includes a number of different crimes. It is the act of intentionally taking property or services from another person with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of them without their consent or authorization. Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minnesota theft defense attorney that represents adults and minors for theft crimes of all levels, including:
- Misuse of a credit card
- Shoplifting and possession of shoplifting gear
- Misuse of public assistance
- Check fraud and check forgery
- Identity theft
- Misappropriation of cable or satellite services
- False representation
- Robbery and armed robbery
Penalties for Theft
Theft crimes are categorized as misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felony level offenses. The level of offense is often determined by the value of property or services stolen, and if the theft involved a weapon, vehicle, explosive, or other dangerous item.
The penalties for theft crimes may include local jail time, mandatory prison time, counseling, community service, stiff fines and fees, and paying restitution to the victim. If you have been convicted of a theft crime, it is likely that you will have difficulty securing employment, an apartment or a mortgage, obtaining a loan or financial aid, and will likely have problems with your credit.