Gillette Grand Theft Attorneys
Grand theft is one of Wyoming’s more serious nonviolent crimes: a conviction can forever change your life. There is a fine line between petty theft and grand theft in Wyoming, one that many defendants cross without even realizing it. If convicted, you may have to serve years in prison and be required to pay strict fines. But you still have options.
Your best hope at beating a grand theft charge is to contact a Gillette theft attorney at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. We have extensive experience defending clients throughout Campbell County and can fight on your behalf. But do not wait to reach out to us. The prosecution has already begun preparing a case against you. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation, call (307) 257-7800 today.
Wyoming state law defines theft as taking another person’s property without their permission and with the intent of not returning it. You must also knowingly take someone else’s property, meaning if you accidentally took your coworker’s bag while leaving work, you couldn’t be charged for a simple mistake. However, if you intended to keep any money you found in it, then you could be charged with theft.
There are two main theft crimes in Wyoming: petty theft and grand theft. The main difference between these charges is the amount of money allegedly stolen. Petty theft is charged when the property is worth less than $1,000.00, while grand theft is charged for property worth $1,000.00 or more. Typically, shoplifting from a clothing store can be charged as petty theft. In turn, grand theft would include stealing a car, expensive jewelry, or a new laptop.
Unlike petty theft, grand theft is charged as a felony, which can be punished with:
- Up to 10 years in state prison;
- A maximum fine of $10,000; and/or
- Felony probation.
Felony charges can also follow you for years after you complete your sentence. Convicted felons lose certain rights, including:
- The right to own a firearm
- The right to vote while incarcerated
- The right to hold public office or work for the government
Felony convictions can also show up on background checks, meaning employers and housing companies can reject your application. At the end of the day, beating a felony charge is necessary to protect your future.
It is important to contact an experienced trial lawyer as soon as possible. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we can begin working on your defense immediately. Grand theft charges have serious penalties, but they can be reduced or dismissed depending on your situation. For example, if the property you allegedly stole is valued at less than $1,000.00, then you should only face petty theft charges.
When fighting grand theft charges, our legal team can defend you by showing that:
- You did not knowingly take someone else’s property.
- You believed you legally owned the property.
- You intended to return the property to the owner.
- The property was worth less than $1,000.00.
- The police illegally searched your home or vehicle.
- The police committed misconduct.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our Gillette criminal defense lawyers have been defending clients throughout Campbell County for years and have an in-depth knowledge of Wyoming’s theft laws. We can investigate every detail in your case to ensure that you get the best defense possible. When you work with us, you not only get the experience of our trial attorneys, but also the support of a dedicated legal defense team. We have achieved many positive case results for felony charges, including reduced charges and full dismissals. To get a free case strategy session, call us at (307) 257-7800.
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