Columbia Theft Crimes Attorney

How Are Theft Crimes Classified in South Carolina?

A crime of theft occurs in the State of South Carolina when an individual unlawfully takes property from another person with the intent to permanently deprive them of this property. Depending on how the property was stolen and how much the property is worth, crimes of theft can range from misdemeanors to felonies. From a small incident of shoplifting to a major burglary, I will put my 20+ years of legal experience to work as I fight whatever type of charge you are facing.

Penalties you may be facing:

  • Petit Larceny:
    • Petit Larceny is a theft of property or services valued at up to $2,000 and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
  • Grand Larceny:
    • Grand Larceny of property or services valued at more than $2,000 and less than $10,000 is punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a fine to be determined by the Court.
    • Grand Larceny of property or services valued at more than $10.000 is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine to be determined by the Court.

If you have been charged with a crime of theft, you may be facing serious jail time and a large fine. Additionally, having a prior conviction for theft can increase the amount of time that a judge will sentence you for on a subsequent conviction. Negative impacts on your future can include loss of employment and damage to your personal and professional reputation. It is important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you.

I offer a free consultation. Schedule yours by calling (803) 402-8544.

Columbia Criminal Attorney on Your Side Every Step of the Way

I am an experienced Columbia and Lexington, South Carolina criminal defense attorney who has experience defending individuals on crimes of theft. I am also a former state prosecutor who is familiar with how law enforcement and criminal prosecutors present the evidence to build their case against you.

When you hire my firm, you will have a Columbia criminal defense attorney on your side who will evaluate the state's evidence and present an effective defense on your behalf. I will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way. I will negotiate with the State on your behalf and will work towards a dismissal or reduction in charges. If we decide to fight the charges, you will be represented by someone who has your best interests in mind and who will work tirelessly to position you for a successful outcome. Call me today to get started.

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