Kilroy Law Firm

RI. & MA. Theft Crime Defense Lawyer

Kilroy Law Firm of Providence, Rhode Island

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A conviction for a theft crime may negatively and lastingly impact a person’s life well after the court imposes penalties. Whether a felony or misdemeanor, a theft crime may result in a lengthy prison sentence, significant fines, court costs, and restitution. It may even affect, quite negatively, your ability to gain or maintain employment, your ability to participate in volunteer work (including with your children’s school), and current or future child custody matters. Moreover, a theft-crime conviction may also impact your ability to obtain and renew certain professional licenses.

At Kilroy Law Firm, we have significant experience defending a litany of theft crime cases. Our clients have been charged with misdemeanor theft crimes as well as federal felony offenses. We pride ourselves on our ability to vigorously defend each and every one of our clients, and our hard work definitely pays off. The firm has a very successful track record in theft crime defense. Each theft crime is unique, and it is advisable to meet with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after arrest. And, while theft crimes are not always black and white, here is a general description of some of the many theft crimes that our attorneys routinely and successfully defend:

Robbery

Robbery is a specific type of theft crime charged to an individual who uses or threatens to use force or violence. In these cases, prosecutors typically push for very aggressive and harsh sentences due to the violent nature of the crime.

Larceny

Many types of theft crimes fall under the umbrella of larceny. Generally, a larceny charge is brought against a defendant when he or she took another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. Depending on the value of the property, the charges and penalties range from misdemeanors and fines to felony charges and lengthy prison terms. The legal team at Kilroy Law Firm is very experienced at raising all possible defenses to larceny charges, such as consent by the property owner and/or lack of intent to steal – just to name a few.

Shoplifting

An individual charged with shoplifting is accused of willfully taking goods from a store (or any type of business) without paying for those goods. Shoplifting charges are not always misdemeanors; and, depending on the value of the property, the nature of the circumstances, the defendant’s criminal record, etc., shoplifting may be charged as a felony.

Home Invasion

In very basic terms, an individual is charged with the violent crime of home invasion when prosecutors can demonstrate that: 1) the defendant entered someone else’s home – either knowing or having a reason to know that someone was home; 2) that the defendant remained in the home while armed (with a dangerous weapon); and 3) that the defendant used or threatened to use force upon an individual in the home.

Fraud

When you think of fraud, you probably think of tricksters and liars. There are many types of criminal acts that fall under the umbrella of fraud. In its most basic form, an individual commits fraud when he or she knowingly makes a false statement as to a material (e.g., substantial and important) fact, intending that someone detrimentally rely on the false statement. The crimes of identity fraud and credit card fraud are increasingly on the rise in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Burglary

When prosecutors charge an individual with burglary, they must sufficiently demonstrate that the defendant participated in the breaking and entering of a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. The prosecution must prove that both elements were present – the breaking and entering and the criminal intent – in order to get a conviction. The penalties for a burglary conviction are quite severe, and often include a prison term of several years (and can include a sentence of life in prison in extreme circumstances).

Embezzlement

The theft crime of embezzlement also falls under the larceny umbrella. Embezzlement scandals often make the news due to their interesting storylines. However, embezzlement is no laughing matter. Essentially, an individual may be charged with embezzlement when he or she holds someone else’s property with the intent to convert the property.  In essence, embezzlement happens when a defendant receives funds honestly, but then converts those funds fraudulently. The fact that you intended to repay the stolen property is not a valid defense to embezzlement.

Penalties for Theft Crimes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

The Kilroy Law Firm criminal defense attorneys offer a highly coveted combination of practical expertise, success, and vigorous dedication to our accused clients. The penalties for theft crimes can range from a year in prison to life in prison. Penalties may also include court fines and restitution, and they also may leave you vulnerable to subsequent civil suits.

If you have been charged with a theft crime, please contact our firm immediately at (401) 855-9023 or send an online message so we can begin working on your defense. The sooner that you engage with Kilroy Law Firm, the quicker we can leverage your case with the judge and prosecutor to work on getting your charges dismissed.

Or, if you have already been convicted of a theft crime charge and are preparing for a prison sentence, ask about our prison consultation services, in which we have a proven track record of positioning our clients for an early release from prison.

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