Wilmington Theft Crime Lawyer
Arrested? Call (910) 595-1377
A theft crime charged as a misdemeanor or felony can cause permanent damage
to your reputation and livelihood. Many employers, landlords, and administrators
at educational institutions might be prone to turn you away if you have
a theft crime on your record. It is best to fight the accusations head
on with the help of a legal professional.
If you live in North Carolina, you can rely on Wilmington Criminal Defense Attorney
James Rutherford for your case. With 10+ years of tested legal experience, Attorney Rutherford
has become a staple for many communities when it comes to tackling complex
and difficult criminal defense cases.
Awards and accreditations earned by
James Rutherford, Attorney at Law:
- Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
- AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ selection
Get your theft defense case started by calling 910.595.1377.
Different Forms of Theft Crimes
No matter what sort of legal trouble you have found yourself in, you can
rest easy knowing that our
Wilmington criminal defense law attorney can handle it. With that said, knowing more about the charges that have
been filed against you can be a considerably beneficial starting ground
for your defense. In North Carolina and all states, theft crimes are sorted
into a variety of different acts and violations; the act of stealing something
or attempting to do so can therefore be quantified by one or more charges.
Common forms of theft crimes in North Carolina are:
Burglary: Trespassing onto someone else’s property with the intention of committing
another crime once there is burglary. Since more often than not, people
who burglarize a location are there to steal something, the crime is usually
categorized as a theft crime.
Extortion: Using intimidation, threats, or undue influence to gain property, finances,
or favors from someone is known as extortion. Blackmail is one of the
most common forms of extortion, and may constitute a felony.
Fraud: Tricking someone into providing you with property, finances, or favors
in a situation that they had perceived to be legitimate is the theft crime
of fraud. Mail fraud, credit fraud, and identity theft all fit into this
category and could be counted as a federal crime, depending on the circumstances.
Grand theft auto: In North Carolina, stealing property that is valued at or more than $1,000
is considered grand theft. Due to the value of nearly any motor vehicle,
regardless of condition, stealing an automobile will likely trigger the
charge of grand theft auto.
Larceny: This is North Carolina’s legal statute for any basic form of theft.
If you are charged for stealing property, it will likely list larceny
in the police paperwork.
Petty theft: Sometimes called concealment shoplifting, petty theft involves stealing
an item of little value, typically under $500 but this amount can vary.
Even stealing something valued under $20 can be considered petty theft
and charged as a serious misdemeanor.
Robbery: The generalized name for any theft crime that involved forcibly taking
property from someone who was present at the time for the crime. Due to
its ties to
violence, robbery will likely be charged as a felony.
Protect Your Name & Your Rights
A conviction for a theft crime in North Carolina could easily result in
you paying thousands in fines and fees, as well as spending months or
more in jail. To fight for a reduced sentence, case dismissal, or not
guilty verdict, work with our Wilmington NC criminal defense lawyer. We
genuinely want to see you treated fairly by the criminal justice system
and given the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact us to schedule a
free case analysis today.