A Theft Offense Has Serious Penalties
In Maryland, even a low-level theft charge can result in serious penalties. A conviction for petty theft comes with the possibility of up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $500 or both. Not to mention that you will be left with a criminal record that will make getting a job much more difficult. And the penalties increase in cases of more serious theft.
At Atwell Law, LLC, in Easton, I use my 15-plus years of experience as a lawyer to defend you. My goal is to keep the theft offense off your record and help you avoid or minimize penalties. You can count on me to develop a strong criminal defense strategy for you.
Understanding Maryland Theft Charges
For the most part, theft charges are based on the value of the item stolen. If the item stolen is valued at less than $1,000, you will face misdemeanor charges. If the value of the item stolen is $1,000 or greater, you will face felony charges.
In addition to the general theft classifications based on value, there are also separate statutes that classify charges based on other factors such as the item stolen (motor vehicle theft) or the method of stealing (writing bad checks).
I defend against any theft accusation from minor shoplifting charges to major felony theft charges. I also defend against crimes such as robbery and burglary.
I take great care in reviewing the evidence against you to find flaws. It might not be as strong as you were led to believe. Was the alleged theft caught on video? If so, is the video clear? Was there a witness? How reliable is that witness? I will seek out weaknesses in the case against you and take the necessary steps in pursuit of a positive outcome.