Accused of a Theft and in Need of a Theft Lawyer?
While theft is generally a less serious offense than violent crimes, the state of South Carolina punishes thieves harshly. Depending on factors the value of the items you stole and whether you used violence or threats, you could face felony charges. That’s on par with violent offenses like assault. Felony charges can carry significant jail sentences and fines. Even once you serve your time, you’ll have that felony on your record for the rest of your life. It’ll be difficult to do simple things, like get a job or vote. As a result, if you stand accused of a theft crime, you need a defense lawyer. If you’re in the Summerville, SC area, you’re in luck. Glenn Justis is a lawyer who aggressively defends clients against accusations like petty theft or auto theft. If you need quality, professional legal guidance and representation, we’re just a phone call away.
At the Justis Law Firm, we put knowledge and experience to work to provide clients with quality legal services. Our founder, attorney Glenn Justis, worked for years as a prosecutor. He’s personally tried roughly 5,000 criminal cases in his 13-year legal career. As a result, he knows how the prosecuting lawyer will attack your theft case. He can use that knowledge to plan a robust defense. He’s a reliable choice for a hardworking, dedicated defense attorney in the following areas:
- Dorchester County, SC
- Summerville, SC
- St George, SC
- Berkeley County, SC
- Goose Creek, SC
- Moncks Corner, SC
- Charleston County, SC
- North Charleston, SC
- Charleston, SC
- Hanahan, SC
- Mt Pleasant, SC
The Justis Law Firm: Your Petty Theft Lawyer
In South Carolina, theft isn’t actually a defined crime. As with much of the state’s legal lexicon, South Carolina has its own language for theft crimes that only a trained defense lawyer will understand. The state refers to unlawfully taking someone else’s property as larceny. Larceny refers to any theft of property, like goods, money, or other assets like cars. Generally, it can be applied to any situation where one party takes another item from another. In addition, the stealing party must perform the crime with the intent of depriving them of using it in the future.
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Hiring an Auto Theft Lawyer: Know Your Rights
There are two types of theft in South Carolina: petty theft (petit larceny) or grand theft (grand larceny). Petty theft (larceny) occurs whenever someone steals property or services worth up to $2,000. It’s a misdemeanor offense in South Carolina, on par with crimes like shop lifting and assault and battery (3rd degree). It’s punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for your first offense. In contrast, grand theft (larceny) is a felony offense. There are two subsections of this crime. These levels each have different punishments that depend on the value of the goods or services the defendant allegedly stole. Grand theft cases with values of between $2,000 and $10,000 are punishable by a five-year prison term. For cases where the value of goods or services is more than $10,000, punishment can be in the range of up to ten years in jail. Theft crimes are also classified as property crimes and thus are subject to property crime enhancement statutes. For example, while Shoplifting normally carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail, a conviction for a third offense or greater shoplifting can carry up to 10 years in prison.
In addition to criminal penalties, theft carries civil penalties. Anyone convicted of theft is responsible for paying back the value of the goods they stole. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor who commits a theft crime like shoplifting, the court will hold you for this fine instead of the minor. A judge can order you to pay restitution to the victim for not only the cost of the item(s) that were taken, but also other costs that were suffered by the victim related to the theft.
Consult with a Theft Defense Lawyer Now
If you need a lawyer you can trust for advice or representation regarding your auto or petty theft case, call Glenn. He’s a talented attorney with unique skill, experience, knowledge, and professionalism. He’ll be by your side every step of the way. Call today to schedule your free consultation.
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