Theft & Fraud Attorney Serving Indianapolis
When it comes to theft, shoplifting, bad checks, and other types of stealing, almost nothing looks worse on a job or college application. These types of offenses immediately create an impression of dishonesty and untrustworthiness. Future employers, educational institutions, and even landlords who see such a criminal history will likely be reluctant to give you the benefit of the doubt and will move on to other applicants. In other areas, as in professional licenses for careers in nursing, teaching, plumbing, real estate, and more, you may not qualify. These consequences, in combination with the criminal penalties associated with theft and fraud, mean that you need a strong defense.
At Colasessano Law, we understand what is at stake when you are arrested and charged with a theft crime. We know that your freedom, reputation, and future are on the line and that smart, dedicated, and aggressive legal action is needed. Fortunately, our theft attorney has three decades of defense experience to draw on, including a successful ongoing trial practice. When facing the potential life damage that a theft conviction can bring, that is the kind of legal ability you should turn to for help.
Connect with our Indianapolis theft and fraud lawyer at Colasessano Law to discuss your case in a free consultation. Contact us online or at (317) 203-8541.
Theft Crimes in Indiana
Theft crimes are governed by Indiana Code 35-43-4 which defines theft as exerting control over property without the other person’s consent. The law explains that theft means to “obtain, take, carry, drive, lead away, conceal, sell, and convey.” Thus, theft can also be committed as “conversion.” Additionally, the law refers to receiving stolen property.
Examples of theft can include shoplifting, petty theft, auto theft, grand theft, credit card theft, and more. Theft that involves the threat or use of force, such as armed robbery, are covered under different Indiana laws because of the element of force against persons.
Theft crimes in Indiana are generally charged on the basis of the value of the property stolen. Property value generally means either the fair market value or the replacement cost of the stolen items. When that value is less than $750, it is charged as Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
It becomes a Level 6 felony when the property value ranges between $750 and $50,000, punishable by six months up to two and a half years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. When the property value exceeds $50,000, the theft is charged as a level 5 felony punishable by one up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
In some cases, you may also be required to pay restitution to the alleged victims. Other penalties include probation, community service, negative immigration status consequences for noncitizens, and the potential loss of a professional license.
Colasessano Law also represents those charged with various types of fraud.
These can include but are not limited to:
- White collar crimes
- Passing a bad check
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Computer fraud
We handle misdemeanor and felony charges related to theft and fraud in both state and federal courts.
Put 30 Years of Experience On Your Side
When charged with any type of theft or fraud, you could not only be facing incarceration and financial penalties but the negative consequences of a permanent criminal record. Such a record could end your professional career, prevent you from ever getting a professional license, or hamper your chances for future employment.
If retained to handle your case, our firm will provide a vigorous defense on your behalf. If you are facing felony theft charges, we may be able to obtain a plea agreement that allows you to plead to a lesser misdemeanor offense. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor theft offense, we may be able to obtain a plea resolution to your case that avoids a criminal record altogether or allows you to plead to a lesser offense. We will do everything possible to help you avoid or minimize the consequences so as to preserve your reputation, freedom, and future.
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