If you or someone you know is arrested for theft, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. As with all serious crimes, a conviction for theft comes with the very real risk of jail time, substantial fines as well as damage to your reputation and future. The best way to combat these risks is to begin preparing your defense at the earliest opportunity.
Some examples of crimes that fall under the larger umbrella of “thefts” include: petty larceny, shoplifting, robbery, grand theft, stealing, embezzlement, burglary and car theft. Though these examples cover a wide swath of crimes, each includes the possibility of serious punishment.
So what exactly are the punishments that those convicted of a theft crime face? Keep reading to find out what is in store for those convicted of theft in Minnesota.
Misdemeanor – Misdemeanors include any theft of property valued at less than $500. Punishment for those convicted of a misdemeanor may include 90 days in jail and/or a maximum $1,000 fine.
Gross Misdemeanor – Gross misdemeanors exist when there has been a theft of property worth between $500 and $1,000. Punishment for a gross misdemeanor may include one year in jail and/or a maximum $3,000 fine.
Felony – Felonies exist when the value of property at issue exceeds $1,000. Punishment for felony theft ranges between at least one year in jail all the way up to a possible life sentence, as well as substantial fines.
Beyond the fines and possible jail time, a conviction for theft, no matter how substantial the dollar amount, can lead to other, sometimes hidden costs. A conviction for fraud will appear on your criminal record and follow you around the rest of your life. This can make it difficult to seek additional education, secure some financial opportunities and, most importantly, make it difficult to find employment. A conviction for fraud will make it nearly impossible to secure work in some settings, especially those involving the handling of money.
Given the severe consequences for those facing criminal charges for theft, it is very important that you contact an experienced Minnesota Criminal Attorney immediately. At Kans Law Firm, LLC, we understand the importance of working with our clients towards a result that allows them to continue with their lives without a negative impact.
Our firm has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with all levels of theft related crimes. Call us at (952) 835-6314 for a free consultation.