Theft And Property Crimes

Protecting You Against Theft And Other Property Crime Charges

When someone else’s property is taken without authorization or through fraudulent means, it is a property crime considered theft. There are many aspects of a theft case that are factored in by the prosecution when determining whether to charge someone with a misdemeanor or a felony. Regardless of the level of charge you are facing, it is essential to enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney.

At Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., we understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with police after being arrested and charged with theft. Using more than 34 years of experience in handling theft, shoplifting and other criminal defense cases, attorney James N. Papirmeister is an aggressive advocate upon whom you can rely to fight for your rights and freedom.

Types Of Property Crimes

We confidently handle a wide range of theft and property crime matters, including:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft auto
  • Vandalism
  • Credit card fraud
  • Grand larceny
  • Robbery and attempted robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Auto theft

Consequences Resulting From Conviction

The types of punishments you are facing if you are convicted for theft depends on whether the crime was charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

  • Misdemeanor charges:
    • If you are convicted on a misdemeanor theft charge, which means the value of the item or service was less than $100, you may be required to pay $500 monetary fine and/or serve up to 90 days in jail.
    • If the value of the item or services was less than $1,000, you may still be charged and convicted of a misdemeanor. However, this is a more serious misdemeanor charge that carries enhanced jail time, up to 18 months, and/or a $500 fine.
  • Felony charges:
    • A felony conviction for the theft of an item or service that has a value of $100 but less than $1,000 carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000.
    • If the value was $10,000 but less than $100,000, the monetary fine increases to $15,000 and prison time of up to 15 years.
    • The most serious felony charge, which pertains to an item or services that are valued over $100,000, carries penalties of up to 25 years in prison and fine up to $25,000.

In all theft cases, you will be expected to make restitution to the victim of the crime. This means you will return the property that was stolen, or pay the victim the value of the property/services that was stolen.

We Take Theft Crimes Seriously

To schedule a consultation at Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call our Maryland office at 301-589-2100 or use our online contact form.