Being stopped in a store, taken into the back room, handcuffed, and arrested is a life-altering experience. You were probably scared, embarrassed, or confused. What's more, now the criminal justice system is equally as life-altering.
Whether we accept a plea or take your case to trial, the first phase of the case is always to review the evidence, examine defenses, and promote the best course of action in your particular set of circumstances.
A CONVICTION FOR THEFT CAN HAVE A SERIOUS IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE
A theft case can range from a misdemeanor charge in a municipal court to a felony with a lengthy prison term. The lese severe charge carries a possible penalty of up to one year in jail. If you have prior theft convictions, the charge could be a felony and the possible prison penalty increases greatly.
A CIVIL SUIT COULD FOLLOW THE CRIMINAL CASE
Kansas law permits merchants to file a civil suit against anyone who shoplifts from their stores. The amount of civil penalty depends on the value of the items taken and whether the items were recovered in good condition.
THEFT CHARGES HANDLED BY STOLTE LAW INCLUDE:
- Theft of items or services
- Giving a worthless check
- Theft by deception
- Theft by threat
- Theft of a firearm
- Obtaining control over stolen property
- Theft of mislaid property
- Criminal hunting
- Criminal deprivation of property
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