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When it comes to theft offenses in the state of Georgia, it is important to realize just how seriously law enforcement officials and prosecutors treat such allegations. Whether your theft accusation is dealt with as a misdemeanor or a felony, you can be sure that those on the other side of the law will seek to enforce the highest penalties of jail time and costly fines.

This is why it is so necessary to get in touch with your Atlanta theft offense attorney before it is too late. You need to know of your rights, and how you can avoid the disastrous impacts which will occur both in the short-term and the long-term if you were to be convicted.

Contact us now at (404) 777-0735 so that The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews can dedicate the most successful strategies to quickly absolve you from charges.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney in Georgia for a Theft Offense?

Sometimes clients mistakenly believe that if they simply offer a sincere apology for what was an accident or even a temporary lapse of judgment, that the alleged victim will be satisfied. This is almost never the case, however, since businesses, companies, and stores want to teach a lesson not only to the defendant, but to other people potentially considering committing theft. You will need a lawyer who is familiar with defending all kinds of theft offenses.

Our attorney is highly experienced with handling theft offenses such as:

  • Possessing stolen property or finances
  • Committing an act of robbery
  • Committing the offense of burglary
  • Carjacking a vehicle, boat, bicycle, truck or other vehicle
  • Employee theft
  • Grand theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Shoplifting
  • Grand theft auto

How Much Stolen Money is Considered a Felony in Georgia?

If the theft involves property worth more than $500, the crime will more than likely be deemed a felony. The judge can use discretion when determining whether to regard the offense as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you receive a felony charge, then theft brings a penalty of a prison sentence of no less than one year and no more than ten years. There are particular circumstances in which theft is punished as a felony in Georgia. These include:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle or a part of a motor vehicle worth more than $1,000. Here, you could be punished by one to 10 years in prison.
  • Theft involving a gravesite or cemetery decoration. This carries a punishment of one to three years in prison.

On top of the prison sentence and fines, there are other consequences of committing theft. The person you stole from could bring a civil action against you for damages. They could sue you and recover monetary damages.

Is Stealing and Robbing The Same Thing?

Stealing and robbing are easily confused as the same but there are differences between the two. Robbery differs from theft primarily in that it involves force or intimidation to take property from another person. It is the use of force that makes robbery, in most cases, the more serious crime. “Theft” called “larceny” in some places—is a broad term that can cover a wide variety of criminal offenses. For example, shoplifting and stealing a motorcycle are both forms of theft. The victim does not have to present for theft to occur while the victim does have to be at the location for robbery to occur. Theft can also take into the form of stealing other's services.

What Counts as Fraud in the State of Georgia

Fraud is a unique kind of theft that can have serious penalties. Fraud is defined as the act of getting property, money, or other benefits that do not rightfully belong to you through means of intentional, willful deception. Usually, the ultimate goal is to obtain financial gain, though the perpetrator can have other reasons for committing fraud as well. There is actually a wide variety of offenses which are considered to be fraudulent behavior. Since each fraud account violates a distinct federal law, there are different penalties, fines, and class levels as well.

Some of the most common examples of fraud include:

  • Securities fraud
  • Interstate fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Business fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Financial fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insurance fraud

Avoiding Costly Penalties

If you end up being convicted of an offense of theft in the state of Georgia, you can be sure that the punishments will be some of the most stringent in the country. Depending on the violation, you could have more extended jail or prison times, and higher fees to pay. This does not even count the horrible after-effects, ranging from permanent damage to your reputation to an inability of obtaining a house or a job. To avoid the costly punishments, get in contact with your Atlanta theft offense lawyer as soon as possible.

Call us today at (404) 777-0735 or contact us online so The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews can offer you a free consultation to answer all your questions.

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