Warrick County Theft Attorney
Theft Charges in Indiana
According to Indiana Code § 35-43-4-2, theft crimes involve the intentional taking someone else’s belongings without their permission. There are many different types of theft crimes, and all of them can hurt your reputation if you are convicted.
At Mathies Law, we understand the strategies people use to accuse others of theft, and our Boonville theft lawyer can help you protect yourself against the accusations.
Types of Theft Crimes
The term "theft crimes" encompasses a wide range of offenses with varying degrees of severity. Some common theft crimes include:
- Misdemeanor Theft
- Felony Theft
- Auto Theft
In order for a crime to be considered a Class A misdemeanor, a person must intentional steal property valued at less that $750. The punishments for a class A misdemeanor can include:
- Up to 1-year in jail
- Maximum fine of $5,000
Under IC § 35-43-4-2, felony theft is broken into two categories, Level 6 felony theft and Level 5 felony theft, depending on a variety of factors including the value of the property stole.
Level 6 Felony Theft
A person can be charged with a Level 6 felony for theft if any of the following are true:
- The stolen property has a value between $750 and $49,999
- The stolen property is a firearm
- The person has a prior unrelated theft conviction
If convicted, a person could face up to 2.5 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Level 5 Felony Theft
A person can be charged with a Level 5 felony for theft if any of the following are true:
- The stolen property has a value of $50,000 or more
- The stolen property is considered a valuable metal as outlined in Indiana Code § 25-37.5-1-1 and relates to transportation or public safety or is taken from a hospital or other health care facility, telecommunications provider, public utility, or key facility
If convicted, a person could face up to 6 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
While Indiana has no specific statute for shoplifting, it is treated the same as misdemeanor and felony theft. If the value of the property stolen is under $750, the accused will face misdemeanor charges and if the value is greater, or the property stolen falls under the specifics outlined in the statute, they could face Level 6 or Level 5 felony charges.
Similar to shoplifting, embezzlement does not have its own statute in the Indiana Code, however it charged according to the same theft laws and the severity of the charges are generally based upon the value. Embezzlement differs from tradition theft crimes in that, embezzlement involves the stealing of funds that have been entrusted to the defendant. Often times, embezzlement occurs in the workplace when an employer entrusts funds to an employee who then steals or uses the funds for their own personal use.
According to Indiana Code § 35-43-4-2.5, auto theft involves the intentional theft of, or unauthorized control of, a motor vehicle. Auto theft is charges as a Level 6 felony and can result in up to 2.5 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Defending Against Theft Charges
In most cases, simply returning the property is enough to have the charges dropped. However, sometimes the property in your possession legally belongs to you, and returning it would not be the right solution. You may have been falsely accused of theft in order for the other person to try and obtain what is yours.
You may be able to defend against theft charges by proving:
- The property in question belongs to you
- You did not realize you took someone else’s property
- You were forced into taking the property
- You had permission to take the property
In many of these cases, there is more to the story than what is found in the police report. Let our team help you review the charged and evidence filed against you and work toward avoiding a conviction.
Why Hire Mathies Law
With more than 15 years of defense experience, and an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, Attorney Warren Mathies has the in-depth knowledge and insights that help clients obtain favorable outcomes. We can go over your case with you to better understand why you are being charged and how you can make the best use of your legal options. You do not have to fight the charges alone. Call our firm now.
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