Theft Crime Attorneys in Macon
A Personalized Approach to Legal Defense
Theft charges can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. Regardless of the charges, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin working on your behalf and ensure that your rights are protected. At Cooper, Barton & Cooper, our Macon theft defense attorneys have had 35+ combined years of experience to help you.
When is Theft A Felony?
The type and value of property influences whether a defendant will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If the value is low, the charge will often be a misdemeanor. This is also called petty theft and involves property that is valued at less than $500. The sentence will usually be no more than a year in jail and fines of no more than $1000. Ultimately, the decision is at the discretion of the judge.
In some cases, theft can be charged as a felony. A felony is typically for property that is valued at more than $500 and what was taken.
Theft crimes are considered felonies in the following cases:
- Employee theft of government property or bank property
- Theft of explosives, firearms, and other destructive devices
- Theft of anhydrous ammonia
- Motor vehicle theft
- Theft that breaches a fiduciary relationship
- Theft using a computer or by those engaged in telemarketing, home repair or improvement
- Theft of a grave site or cemetery decoration
While felony theft carries more serious consequences, even a misdemeanor conviction can result in difficulty obtaining employment, opportunities for higher education, and promotions in the future. When you are investigated or charged with a crime, it is important to hire an attorney without hesitation. Our Macon theft crime defense lawyers can provide you with the help you need.
Cooper, Barton & Cooper offers free consultations for defendants facing theft charges. Contact our office today at (478) 202-7050 for a consultation.