Have You Been Accused Of Committing A Theft Crime?
If you have been accused of shoplifting, theft, burglary or robbery, then you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to maintain your innocence or help you avoid the harshest penalties. The lawyer at Stone Law Office will use his insight, negotiating skills and proven reputation as a trial lawyer to protect your rights and fight on your behalf.
People often believe that property crimes such as theft and burglary are minor offenses, but, in fact, they can result in felony charges and substantial jail or prison time. Businesses may press charges and demand restitution, and a conviction may be used as a gauge of the offender’s honesty and character when seeking future employment. This is why you need the veteran legal counsel of attorney Gary D. Stone if you’ve been arrested for involvement in one of these crimes.
Property Crimes And Penalties In Kansas
- Shoplifting and theft – If the value of the merchandise in question is under $1,000, then this theft is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail. If you’re convicted, a judge will usually suspend your jail sentence for a first offense but will give you probation and fines. If the value of the merchandise is over $1,000, then you will face felony charges. If prosecutors believe that you are a serial or professional shoplifter, then they may seek prison time.
- Burglary – It is a felony to enter a house, business or vehicle with the intent of committing a theft. Burglarizing a house or apartment is a level 7 felony, while entering a business is a level 9 felony. If you have no criminal record, then the presumptive sentence is 12 months’ probation. If you have a prior burglary or felony conviction or someone was in the building at the time (aggravated burglary), Kansas sentencing guidelines call for mandatory prison time.
- Robbery – Taking property directly from a person by force (pickpocketing, purse snatching and mugging) is robbery, which is a level 5 felony. If a weapon was used or the victim was injured (aggravated robbery), then it is a level 3 felony. If you’re convicted, you will likely be sentenced to prison.
Get Legal Help Before It Is Too Late
If the police have questioned you or charged you with a theft, burglary or robbery, call the Stone Law Office. Attorney Stone will:
- Examine the evidence (video recording, merchandise found on your person, statements of security personnel or witnesses) and advise you of your options
- Review your case for any weaknesses to determine if charges can be reduced or if taking your case to trial is the best choice
- Advise you about how many years you would likely face in your particular situation and make every attempt to keep you out of prison or minimize your sentence
If you were charged with a theft crime in the Kansas City metro area or in Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas or Leavenworth counties, call 913-281-6601, 816-516-8000 (cell phone) or get in touch with Mr. Stone via the firm’s online contact form. All initial consultations are free, and the firm accepts all major credit cards.