“Theft” is defined in Indiana as “knowingly or intentionally exert[ing] unauthorized control over property of another person, with intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use . . . .” Indiana divides theft offenses into misdemeanor theft and felony theft, based on the fair market value of the property in question. If the property alleged to have been stolen is worth less than $750, the offense is charged as a misdemeanor. Being accused of taking property worth more than $750 will result in felony charges being filed. Additionally, if you are found to be in possession of property that was alleged to have been stolen, whether you knew it was stolen or not, you may find yourself facing charges of Possession of Stolen Property, which can also be charged as a felony, depending on the value of the stolen property. A conviction for this type of offense is considered a “crime of dishonesty” and can affect your ability to get a job in the future.
If you have been accused of committing a theft offense, it may seem like there is nothing that can be done, but we will fully review your case and discuss any available defense with you so that you can be fully informed as to your options. If you have been accused of receiving stolen property, for example, it is a defense to the charge that you were unaware that the property was stolen. Depending on the circumstances of how you came to possess the property, you may have had no actual notice that the property was stolen, and you may be able to avoid conviction by presenting evidence proving that fact.
People often get charged with theft when they have a momentary lapse in judgment, and temptation overcomes their common sense. There is no reason to allow that lapse in judgment to affect the rest of your life. You deserve an attorney who will not judge you, and will do everything possible to help put these charges behind you. We will be that attorney, and we can help reduce the impact that these charges can have on your future.