Because of the significant consequences of being charged with shoplifting or larceny — which could include, losing your job, losing housing, getting kicked out of school, and not being able to gain employment — you need hire a Charlotte theft crimes attorney as soon as you are investigated or charged with an offense. Hiring an experienced defense attorney may be the difference between having to explain a conviction on your record or having the case dismissed.
In North Carolina, theft crimes involve taking another person’s property or money without permission. At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we aggressively defend those accused of theft crimes in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. These charges can be either files as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on a number of factors. The punishment, if convicted, for a theft crime can range from probation to prison.
What Is The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony Charge?
Misdemeanor larceny is taking property or money valued at $1,000 or less. With a misdemeanor, you could face up to 120 days in jail, significant court fines and restitution to the victim as well as to law enforcement for the cost of investigation of the charges, community service, counseling and/or probation. You need to fight a theft offense because a conviction can be used to enhance a future petty theft into a felony charge.
Felony larceny is taking property or money that belongs to someone else that is valued at $1,000 or more without the other person’s consent. Punishment can include prison, stiff fines, restitution to both the victim and law enforcement, probation, counseling and reimbursement for the cost of supervision. Felony theft cases will be used to increase an individual’s prior record level and punishment for convictions in the future.
Misdemeanor theft charges include:
- Concealment of goods (shoplifting)
- Changing price tags on merchandise
- Theft of less than $1,000
- Receiving or possessing stolen goods valued at less than $1,000
Felony-level theft charges include:
- Larceny of goods valued over $1,000
- Concealment by using a lead-lined or aluminum-lined bag, a lead-lined or aluminum-lined article of clothing, or a similar device to prevent the activation of any anti-shoplifting or inventory control device
- Larceny by an employee
- Larceny after breaking and entering
- Receiving or possessing stolen goods valued at more than $1,000
The following crimes are charged as felonies without regard to the value of the property in question:
- Larceny from a person
- Larceny of any explosive or incendiary device or substance
- Larceny of any firearm
- Larceny committed after the defendant has been convicted in this state or in another jurisdiction for any offense of larceny under this section at least four times
If you’re facing charges for any of the above offenses, call a shoplifting attorney at our firm for help today.