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.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself, Beginning with a Free Consultation
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
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