Theft Crime Charges?

Theft is a very general term that covers many specific crimes. There are many kinds of theft crimes. Some of the most common that our lawyers handle are:

  • Larceny: stealing personal property, like a television set or a car
  • Embezzlement: taking something of value that the owner has entrusted to you
  • Computer abuse: using a computer to alter records
  • Selling encumbered property: selling or in some other way taking property on which someone else has a lien, without their consent
  • Fraud: taking anything of value by means of deception

All the above crimes are charged based on the value of the item taken or damage done:

  • $250 or less: petty misdemeanor
  • Over $250, but less than $500: misdemeanor
  • Over $500, but less than $2,500: fourth-degree felony
  • Over $2,500, but less than $20,000: third-degree felony
  • Over $20,000: second-degree felony

For theft of certain types of items like firearms, livestock and vehicles, these penalties are increased.

There are many other less common theft crimes that our attorneys handle as well:

  • Extortion: threatening another to obtain anything of value or to compel that person to do or not do something. This is a third-degree felony.
  • Burglary: entering a house, business, car, or other structure with the intent to commit a theft or felony while inside
    • Burglary of a home is a third-degree felony.
    • Burglary of anything besides a home is a fourth-degree felony.
  • Aggravated burglary: burglary involving a deadly weapon or one in which there is a battery. This is a second-degree felony.
  • Robbery: taking anything from another by force or threat of force. This is a third-degree felony.
  • Aggravated robbery (or armed robbery): robbery in which the robber is armed with a deadly weapon.
    • A first conviction is second-degree felony.
    • A second conviction for armed robbery is a first-degree felony.
  • Issuing a worthless check: giving a check in exchange for something of value, knowing at the time of the issuing the check that there are insufficient funds for payment of the check.
    • A check valued between $1 and not more than $25 is a special misdemeanor.
    • A check valued at $25 or more is a special felony.

If you have been accused of theft, a defense attorney at McGraw & Strickland, LLC, in Las Cruces can provide the legal help you need. Call our law firm at 575-523-4321 or contact us online.