A theft charge can range from a minor shoplifting of a candy bar to an embezzlement of millions of dollars from an employer. The charge might be shoplifting, theft without consent, theft by deception (stealing by deceit), theft by threat (blackmail), embezzlement, larceny, forgery, mail fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, student loan fraud, or defrauding a secured creditor. In Colorado, a theft of something worth less than $1,000 is a misdemeanor. Stealing an item worth $1,000 or more is a felony. Theft “from the person of another by means other than force” (a purse snatching, for example) is automatically a felony, even if the value of the item is under $1,000. Whatever the charge, the consequences of conviction can be drastic.
Even a conviction for the least serious shoplifting charge can have dramatic long-term consequences. Few employers want to hire (or keep employed) a known thief. Once a conviction is on your record, it can stay there forever.
The best defense in a theft case is to involve an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your case as soon as possible. Often, in embezzlement cases, or other theft cases where there were no eyewitnesses, the police can only make a case by getting a confession from the suspect. A defenseless accused will often make damaging admissions or lie to the police (it is an old adage in law enforcement that a provable lie is the next best thing to a confession) and actually help them make the case against him or her.
The lawyers at Parker Lawyers are experienced in handling theft cases. As a state and federal prosecutor, Morley Swingle prosecuted hundreds of theft cases, personally trying to juries everything from simple shoplifting cases to complex embezzlement cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The best defense in a theft case often involves keeping damaging admissions out of evidence, or suppressing bank records that were seized by police pursuant to subpoena or search warrant during the investigative process. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help give you the best chance to win your case by keeping out evidence or admissions improperly obtained by the investigators.
Morley Swingle has litigated hundreds of suppression motions in state and federal court. He has taught search and seizure and confession law for police officers, prosecutors, judges and criminal defense lawyers. He has written a popular and widely-used manual on Search & Seizure Law. Read it by clicking here. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help give you your best chance to win your case by keeping out evidence that was improperly seized by the investigators.
Whether you are the target of an embezzlement investigation involving an enormous amount of money, or a housewife who has been accused of shoplifting a tiny trinket, you should consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, and definitely before you give a statement to the police.
Call Parker Lawyers at (303) 841-9525.