Theft, in all of its forms, is one of the most common criminal offenses in Washington. Whether you are charged with shoplifting a blouse from a department store, snatching a purse, embezzling funds from an employer, stealing a car, or otherwise taking someone else’s money or property without their knowledge and consent, you face immediate and long-term consequences that you should not take lightly.
Even a conviction for a“minor” theft offense can come with major repercussions beyond large fines and time in jail. The stain that a theft conviction leaves on your record and reputation can follow you for years to come, limiting employment and other opportunities and casting a shadow over your future.
This is no time to take chances. It is not the time to go it alone or take the supposedly “easy” way out by pleading guilty without understanding your rights, possible defenses, or how a plea will impact your life.
Experienced Defense Against All Washington Theft Crimes
At the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced Everett, Washington, criminal defense attorneys provide vigorous and effective representation for individuals charged with all types of theft offenses. When you meet with us, we will listen to your story without judgment, offer our clear and realistic assessment of the charges and possible defenses, and advise you of your options. We will be your closest allies and your strongest advocates during a perilous and frightening time.
Our seasoned defense attorneys represent clients charged with all Washington theft crimes, including:
- Credit card fraud
- Identity theft
Penalties for Everett Theft Crimes
The potential penalties you face when charged with theft depend on several factors including what you stole, how you stole it, and how much it was worth. For example, the penalties for burglary or theft involving a weapon or physical assault can be significantly greater than for other theft crimes.
Generally, however, theft crimes in Washington are divided into three degrees based on the value of the property stolen:
- First-Degree Theft: theft involving property or services worth $5,000 or more. Upon conviction for this class B felony, you could be sentenced to up to 10 years in a Washington state prison and/or fines of up to $20,000.
- Second-Degree Theft: theft involving property or services worth more than $750 but less than $5,000. This class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, or both.
- Third-Degree Theft: theft involving property or services with a value of up to $750. A conviction for this gross misdemeanor can result in up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5000.
Speak With an Everett Theft Crime Defense Attorney Today
Being charged with a theft crime is a serious matter regardless of your specific circumstances. Prosecutors are determined to obtain a conviction, and your future hangs in the balance. Don’t face these charges alone. Contact one of Deno Millikan’s seasoned theft crime defense attorneys to discuss your case today.