Kitsap County Theft Crime Lawyers
Defense Against Accusations of Stealing
If you take another person's property without their consent and with the intent to keep the item, you could be accused of a theft crime. These types of charges should not be taken lightly, as they are misdemeanor and felony offenses. That means if you are convicted, you could face prison time and be subjected to high fines. Additionally, regardless of the level of charge, the guilty verdict gets put on your criminal record, which can follow you throughout the rest of your life.
At Glisson & Morris, we're here to provide the aggressive defense you need to fight your charges. Together, our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience, and we have handled numerous criminal cases of varying complexity. When you hire us for defense, we will put our knowledge, skills, and legal acumen to work for you. When the prosecutor's trying to prove you committed the crime, we'll be by your side refuting those claims and presenting a compelling strategy that tells your side of the story. Our priority is to protect your rights and best interests, and well will explore every legal avenue to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Is Theft a Felony or Misdemeanor in Washington?
Technically, theft isn't its own crime; it's an umbrella term for various offenses that involve taking another person's property or services. Depending on the circumstances, theft can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony.
The following are a few of the most common theft crimes:
- Third-degree theft: A person commits this offense when they take property or services valued at $750 or less. This is a gross misdemeanor.
- Second-degree theft: This occurs when a person steals property or services worth more than $750 but no more than $5,000. A person could also be charged if they take a public record. Second-degree theft is a class C felony.
- First-degree theft: If a person takes property or services valued at more than $5,000, they could be charged with this offense. Additionally, this crime occurs when the item was directly taken from the owner regardless of its worth. This is a class B felony.
- Second-degree robbery: This offense occurs when a person takes someone else's property by the use or threatened use of force or making the owner fear bodily injury. This is a class B felony.
- First-degree robbery: A person commits this offense when they carry out a robbery and they have a deadly weapon on them, they display what is or may be a firearm or deadly weapon, or they cause injury to the property owner. This is a class A felony.
Providing Serious Defense
Whether you're facing a misdemeanor or felony theft charge, our Kitsap County lawyers can provide the effective counsel you need. We believe in open and honest communication, and we will give detailed answers to your questions and provide timely updates on the status of your case.