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Theft Crime Lawyer in Minneapolis
Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving the Twin Cities
Theft is taking someone else’s property without permission and with the intent to deprive that person of it. Under Minnesota law, other actions can classify as theft, too, such as driving another person’s vehicle without permission or filing a false medical claim. These crimes carry significant penalties, which are determined by the value — and in some cases, type — of the item or items stolen.
Even a petty theft such as shoplifting could result in jail time. That’s why, no matter the circumstances concerning your charges, you need to obtain help from a legal representative who can supply you with the answers you need to move forward wisely. This is why you should choose our time-tested and results-driven Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
Schedule a FREE consultation with our Minneapolis theft crime attorneys today.
Effective Representation for All Types of Theft Charges
In the state of Minnesota, a theft offense may result in misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, felony, or even federal charges—depending on the nature of the crime. The severity of the charge will depend on the value of the stolen property, the type of property that was stolen, from whom the property was stolen, and whether or not the defendant has been convicted of similar crimes in the past.
There are a wide variety of offenses that can be categorized as theft crimes:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Identity theft
What are the Penalties for Theft in Minnesota?
The penalties for theft will depend on the value of the item(s) stolen, as follows:
- Valued at less than $500 — Not more than 90 days' imprisonment and/or $1,000 in fines
- Valued at $500 - $1,000 — Not more than 1 year imprisonment and/or $3,000 in fines
- Valued at $1,000 to $5,000 — Not more than 5 years' imprisonment and/or $10,000 in fines
- Valued at $5,000 or more — Not more than 10 years' imprisonment and/or $20,000 in fines
- Valued at $35,000 or more — Not more than 20 years' imprisonment and/or $100,000 in fines
In addition to these penalties, an individual convicted of a theft crime will be civilly liable to the victim for restitution and punitive damages. These penalties could be affected if the item stolen was of a particular type such as a controlled substance, trade secret, explosive / incendiary device, firearm, or theft accomplished through fraud or deceit. Repeat offenders may also face increased penalties.
Arrested for theft? Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020 for a free case evaluation. Our Minneapolis theft crime attorneys are ready to fight for you.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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