Theft Defense Attorney in St. Paul / Minneapolis, MN
Theft charges are serious and can lead to jail, fines, and restitution, not to mention a mark on your record that could make it difficult to get a job or find housing. If you face a theft charge, it’s important that you obtain a great defense from an experienced criminal defense attorney to minimize the impacts on your life. Criminal defense attorney Eric Rice can explain the defenses that can help you. He has experience in handling many theft cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. He’ll guide you through the criminal justice process and ensure that you fully understand the situation and have a voice in court.
Here are some common questions:
How can I avoid having a theft charge on my record?
If you are convicted of a theft charge, it will reflect a theft crime on your criminal record. This record may make it difficult to find a job in the future. In order to avoid a conviction, there are a number of options, including a stay of adjudication or diversion. These options require you to complete some additional requirements, such as a fine or community service, but may allow you avoid a conviction. These options are not automatically available to everyone. They must be obtained with the permission of the prosecutor or court.
If I pay the victim back, will the criminal charge go away?
Some people think that if they pay the victim back, the criminal charge will be dropped. While the prosecutor will appreciate you paying the victim back, it will not necessarily put an end to the criminal matter. Unlike a civil case, the criminal case is not solely concerned with the victim receiving their money. The prosecutor will seek to deter future criminal activity and punish you appropriately for your past criminal offense. Because of these considerations, the case may not be dropped. However, a theft attorney can assist with reducing the criminal charge or getting mitigation after the victim is paid back.
Will I go to jail for a theft charge?
Your outcome for a theft charge depends on many factors, including the amount taken, the circumstances of the offense, and your criminal history. However, there are certain things you can do before you are sentenced and arguments that can be made to reduce your sentence and avoid jail time. A theft attorney can put you in the best position to avoid jail.
In addition to these questions, a theft attorney can help answer other questions, such as: What defenses can I raise? What if I can’t pay the victim back? Can I remove a theft conviction off my record after I’m done with my sentence?
A theft charge is a stressful experience, and you likely will have many questions about what will happen. Theft attorney Eric Rice offers a no-obligation free consultation to learn about your options. You can schedule a consultation at (651) 998-9660.