Richmond Theft Crimes Attorneys

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

Theft is generally defined as the taking of a person's property without their permission. Theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the kind of theft as well as the value of what was taken. In any case, it is a serious charge requiring serious counsel from a criminal attorney in Richmond who knows what they are doing. You can rely on our team at Carlson & Collier — we have handled thousands of cases and we know how to advocate for you.

Sections of the Code of Virginia that cover theft offenses and penalties include the following:

  • § 18.01-44.4
  • § 18.2-95
  • § 18.2-96
  • § 18.2-186.3
  • § 18.2-192

Shoplifting & Employee Theft

Shoplifting or employee theft can be pursued both criminally and civilly. If the amount taken exceeds $200.00, it is considered grand larceny — a felony. An amount taken between $5.00 and $200.00 is considered a misdemeanor.

Civilly, a merchant is entitled to two times the unpaid retail value of the merchandise as long as the amount is over $50.00. If, however, the merchandise is fit to still be sold, the merchant is only entitled to damages of no more than $350.00. In addition, the merchant is entitled to $150.00 in attorney fees.

Employee theft does not actually have to involve the employee taking merchandise. Removing a security tag or altering the price tag for himself / herself or another is employee theft. Depriving the merchant the value of merchandise is a crime.

Credit Card Theft & Identity Theft

Credit card theft and identity theft are also common forms of theft. If the amount of the theft is less than $200, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor if convicted. This is punishable by confinement in jail up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both. If the amount exceeds $200, it is a Class 6 felony which is punishable by 1 to 5 years in jail and a fine up to $2,500.

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Keep in mind that the penalties listed on this page are for first offenses. Prior convictions on your record could increase the penalties you face. A felony theft offense can affect your ability to get or keep a job. Obviously an employer does not want to hire anyone convicted of theft as trust becomes an issue.

In order to protect your future, consult a member of our team at Carlson & Collier. Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a Richmond criminal lawyer.

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