If convicted of theft, the consequences can stick with you for a lifetime. Aside from possible jail time and/or costly fees, the conviction will make it incredibly difficult to find employment or a place to live. If facing theft charges, it’s crucial that you seek expert advice and representation of a dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced criminal defense attorney. The state of Minnesota takes theft charges seriously, and you need to do the same. Contact Karalus Law today.
What Defines Theft?
There are a variety of acts that can be considered theft in Minnesota. The state can charge an individual. The following is a non-exclusive list of some of the most common acts committed by an individual that are deemed as theft:
- Intentionally and without claim of right takes, uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of movable property of another without the other’s consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of the possession of the property.
- With or without having a legal interest in movable property, intentionally and without consent, takes the property out of the possession of a pledgee or other person having a superior right of possession, with intent thereby to deprive the pledgee or other person permanently of the possession of the property.
- Obtains for the actor or another the possession, custody, or title to property of or performance of services by a third person by intentionally deceiving the third person with a false representation which is known to be false, made with intent to defraud, and which does defraud the person to whom it is made.
- Swindling, whether by artifice, trick, device, or any other means, obtains property or services from another person.
- And more. For a full list, click here.
The severity of the penalties is determined by the value of the stolen property or services and can be a felony if:
- The stolen property is a firearm
- The property or services stolen are valued between $5,000 to $35,000
- The stolen property is a trade secret or incendiary device
Even if the charge is petty theft, the consequences are serious and you may still be looking at jail time and/or fines. You want someone on your side with expertise in criminal law, the process of the justice system, as well as an incomparable work ethic and a dedication to the client. Brian Karalus has dedicated his entire career defending the rights of his people, no matter what the circumstances of the case. If you’re facing theft charges, the time to act is now. Contact Karalus Law today for your free initial consultation.