Theft

The law makes a distinction between Petit Theft (a misdemeanor) and Grand Theft (a felony). Pleading guilty to a theft charge can have consequences ranging from probation to prison. In addition to this, the judge may suspend your driver’s license. Aside from identifying the alleged “thief,” intent is often the most important element for the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a theft. Where intent is an issue, it is important to have an experienced criminal attorney to demonstrate to the State that the accused did NOT have the intent to permanently deprive the “stolen” property from the owner.