Knowledgeable Danbury Lawyer Helping Individuals Facing Prosecution
When you have been charged with a theft crime in Connecticut, it is wise to seek the advice and representation of an experienced attorney. Theft crimes can lead to a broad range of charges that can carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000. When the stakes are this high, you cannot afford to take chances. If you are facing charges in the Danbury area, you can consult criminal defense attorney Walter A. Shalvoy for seasoned advice and tenacious representation.
Types of Theft Crimes
Theft, also called larceny, is a crime that generally involves wrongfully taking or keeping property that belongs to someone else with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property. The “taking” element extends beyond deliberate stealing to actions such as tricking someone into giving up property or purposefully withholding something that you find if you know that it does not belong to you. Theft crimes include:
- Obtaining property, funds, or services by false pretenses;
- Receiving stolen property;
- Retaining property that has come into your possession by loss or delivery error;
- Robbery, including mugging and purse-snatching; and
- Burglary, which involves breaking and entering onto someone else’s property.
Potential Penalties for Convictions
Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony under Connecticut law. The charge largely depends upon the value of the property. As a general rule, a misdemeanor is any crime in which the period of incarceration cannot exceed 12 months, while a felony is a crime in which the penalties exceed one year of incarceration. For most crimes, courts have discretion in sentencing within a certain range, and the punishment will depend upon the facts of the case, such as whether the theft involved threats of violence or the use of a weapon.
The lowest-level theft crime in Connecticut is petty theft, or larceny in the sixth degree, involving theft of property or services valued at less than $500. It is a Class C misdemeanor that can carry a period of incarceration up to three months and fines up to $500. Larceny in the fifth degree is a Class B misdemeanor involving the theft of goods, funds, or services valued from $500 to $1,000. Penalties include incarceration up to six months and fines up to $1,000. Theft of goods, funds, or services valued between $1,000 and $2,000 is larceny in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The punishment is up to one year in jail and fines not exceeding $2,000.
Larceny in the third degree is a felony involving the theft of goods, services, or funds from $2,000 to $10,000, any motor vehicle valued at under $10,000, or any public record or instrument of any value. It carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
Larceny in the second degree encompasses a broader range of conduct, such as obtaining property through embezzlement or fraud when the victim is over 60 years old, property taken from the person of someone else, or grand theft auto. These crimes are Class B felonies in Connecticut, and they carry penalties of imprisonment up to 10 years and fines up to $10,000.
The most serious theft crimes are Class A felonies, known as larceny in the first degree. These crimes involve property valued at greater than $20,000, and they carry penalties of up to 20 years incarceration and fines not to exceed $15,000.
Fight the Charges Against You With the Assistance of a Waterbury Attorney
When you are facing charges for a theft crime, contact experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer Walter A. Shalvoy. For over a decade, he has assisted individuals near Waterbury and elsewhere in Connecticut with a broad variety of legal matters, and he can help you mount a strong defense. In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove every element of a case, including your intent, and there may be many strategies available to you. To find out how we can help and what your options are, contact Shalvoy Law at 203-426-4409 or use our online form to set up an appointment.