Many people charged with theft crimes are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake, and deserve a second chance rather than a permanent criminal record and jail time. Moreover, sometimes innocent people get wrongly accused of theft crimes based on false allegations or misleading evidence.
Our firm has had success getting charges reduced or dismissed in such cases as Theft by Taking, Theft by Deception, Theft by Conversion, Auto Theft, Burglary and Extortion.
A theft related conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future employment, state licensing and other benefits. Although many theft convictions can eventually be expunged, they will still surface on background checks. Employers tend to shy away from applicants with theft records, fearing them to be dishonest and having the potential to steal from their companies.
Moreover, theft offenses are considered "crimes of moral turpitude." This means that state license boards often cite theft convictions as a reason to deny licenses and certifications, such as a contractors license, a nursing license or a real estate license. These convictions may also pose immigration consequences for immigrants seeking a visa, green card or naturalization to the United States.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, call us for a consultation at (404) 759-0372.