Raleigh Attorneys Defend Clients Against Theft Charges
Knowledgeable legal team ready to assist throughout North Carolina
Theft and related offenses, such as burglary, are crimes that carry serious penalties and require skilled, experienced counsel to provide a vigorous defense. Theft can be alleged to occur in many ways and in varied situations, but the common element that must be proved is intent to deprive another person of rightful ownership. The criminal defense attorneys at Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P. are adept at dealing with all forms of theft charges and have provided an unmatched level of representation for more than half a century.
Felonies and misdemeanors
In North Carolina, theft (also called larceny) can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Felonies are crimes that can be punished by imprisonment. In general, theft of property is a felony if the value of the goods stolen is more than $1,000 and is otherwise a misdemeanor. However, the following offenses are felonies regardless of the value of the goods stolen:
- Any theft from someone’s person
- Theft of firearms or of explosive or incendiary devices or substances
- Theft of papers from the North Carolina archives
- Theft by someone who has already been convicted of a theft offense four times, if he or she was represented by counsel or waived the right to counsel before conviction
- Theft by deception
Theft crimes may be treated more severely depending on the value of the property stolen and the circumstances. For instance, theft by deception is considered a more serious felony if the property stolen is worth $100,000 or more. Receiving stolen property that you know or have reason to know was stolen can also be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the value of the goods. Theft committed by burglary or by taking something from someone’s person is always a felony, no matter the value of the property stolen.
Burglary vs. robbery
Burglary, though often a means of stealing property, is not in itself theft. It is defined as entry into premises without permission with the intent to commit any felony. If the building is occupied by someone at the time, the burglary is a more serious crime. Burglary does not require the use of a weapon or a threat or violence to anyone. Robbery, on the other hand, is a form of theft that involves possessing, using or threatening to use a firearm or another dangerous weapon in a way that threatens or endangers the life of a person. These crimes often overlap or are charged together. Our experienced attorneys are skilled at investigating the underlying facts and circumstances and determining the optimal defenses available to fight or reduce the charges.
Standing by you in and out of court
The bottom line is that if you are being investigated for or have been accused of theft, you need a capable criminal defense attorney in your corner. At Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P., we will represent you from your first encounter with police until your case is completed, whether by plea negotiation, trial or other form of resolution. We will advise you of your rights, explain the nature and consequences of the charges against you, investigate the facts of your case and prepare and present the strongest defense we can. We give every client’s case our careful attention and our unmatched legal services.
Serving North Carolina clients for more than 50 years
Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P. has provided comprehensive legal services to individuals facing theft and other criminal charges in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Wake County and throughout North Carolina for more than half a century. Our attorneys are licensed to practice before all North Carolina state and federal courts. Call 919-899-9827 or contact us online to schedule your consultation at our Raleigh office.