Raleigh, Wake County Theft Lawyer
Theft, also referred to as larceny, is legally defined as the event in which one individual takes something from another individual without the intent of ever returning it. When a person commits theft by entering a building without permission (whether or not he uses force to do so), the crime is referred to as a burglary. And when a person commits a theft while threatening to use force against another party, the crime is classified as a robbery.
The Uniform Crime Report, which is compiled by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, says that in 2008 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), nearly 457,000 acts of larceny were committed in the state of North Carolina. Roughly 80 percent of those charged with these crimes were convicted. It’s important to note that the penalties associated with a theft conviction will vary according to the:
- value of the goods taken
- whether a deadly weapon was used
- whether a building was entered without permission to commit the alleged crime
- whether the accused has a criminal record
Working with Curtis R. High, Attorney at Law
In the most serious cases when defendants face felony charges, a conviction can come with devastating punishments, including jail time, expensive fines and permanent marks on a criminal record. For the best chances of avoiding sentences that carry such grim terms, the accused should work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively defend their rights and help them build the strongest possible defense.
In Wake County and throughout the state of North Carolina, Curtis R. High, Attorney at Law is dedicated to fighting aggressively on behalf of people accused of theft and other criminal charges. Mr. High has more than19 years of experience defending those accused of both misdemeanor and felony charges at the state and federal level. He will work around-the-clock to ensure the best outcome in your case.
Identity (ID) Theft Attorney
Identity theft is the act in which an individual fraudulently assumes another individual’s identity, usually in an effort to open up lines of credit or assume other benefits garnered by using that person’s name. Authorities have targeted identity theft as one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. In North Carolina, identity theft is a Class G felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a hefty fine.
Talk to a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer
If you’re dealing with theft charges in Raleigh or anywhere in North Carolina, you should You should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Mr. High is an aggressive, experienced criminal lawyer who thrives on getting his clients’ charges dropped or reduced. To find out how he can help you, contact our law office today.