Theft crimes are the most commonly committed crimes in the state of Indiana. The seriousness of potential charges for theft crimes varies greatly in Indiana. Charges range from a Misdemeanor all the way to an A Felony resulting in a potential range of imprisonment of 0 to 50 years in prison.If you or a family member has been charged with any form of theft crime within the State of Indiana – call us immediately at (812) 232-2693 for the best possible defense. Your initial consultation with a Terre Haute criminal defense attorney at Rowdy Williams Law Firm is free. It may be in your best interest to speak to an experienced Terre Haute criminal defense lawyer today.
COMMON THEFT CHARGES
There are various types of theft charges a person may face and the penalties for these will vary drastically depending on the nature of the offense itself, the value of property involved, whether a deadly weapon was used, and the defendant’s prior criminal record. Following are some basic descriptions of Indiana theft crimes:
- Burglary– A person who breaks and enters the building or structure of another person, with intent to commit a felony in it.
- Robbery/Armed Robbery – Knowingly or intentionally taking the property of another or from the presence of another by (1) using or threatening the use of force on any person or (2) by putting any person in fear. C Felony. However, it is a B felony if committed while armed with a deadly weapon or results in bodily injury to any person other than the defendant.
- Carjacking – Knowingly or intentionally taking a motor vehicle from another person or from the presence of another person by (1) using or threatening the use of force on any person or (2) putting any person in fear.
- Theft– Knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use
- Receiving Stolen Property– Knowingly or intentionally receiving, retaining, or disposing of the property of another person that has been the subject of a theft.
- Conversion– Knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another
- Other Theft Crimes – There are many other “non-traditional” types of theft crimes that one can be charged with in Indiana. A few of these include fraud, forgery, writing bad checks, and many others.
DEFENSE FOR THEFT CHARGES
Can the prosecutor prove that you intended to “permanently deprive the victim” of his property? Did you have a legitimate belief that the vehicle was not stolen? How were you identified and was the manner in how you identified suggestive? Was someone else in possession of the stolen property and you were merely present? Were your constitutional rights violated? These are but a few of the questions that we will ask regarding the charges brought against you by a prosecutor. Even though it may seem that the prosecutor’s evidence is overwhelming, our Terre Haute criminal defense lawyers will carefully investigate the facts to discredit any faulty evidence brought against you.
In order for you to be proven guilty in the state of Indiana, the prosecution must be able to prove that you were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If we are unable to get your charges dismissed before court, we are prepared and willing to challenge the evidence brought against you in court. Our former deputy prosecutor and current Terre Haute criminal defense attorney, Rowdy Williams, has an in-depth understanding of the strategies used by prosecutors in theft crime cases, and we will utilize every resource to help you avoid the penalties of conviction.