Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer
Defending Against Theft Offense Charges
When you have been charged with a theft crime, which is essentially stealing from another through deceitful means, you most likely have many questions. Will I go to jail? How long will the charge stay on my criminal record? Can I get the case dismissed. Is the criminal charge a felony or misdemeanor? For answers you can trust, contact an experienced defense lawyer, Michael J. Zarrella.
I represent clients charged with a range of theft crimes, including shoplifting, credit card theft, larceny, embezzelment, burglary, looting, robbery, and fraud. A good theft attorney will always try to get the charges dismissed, but if that is not possible, an attorney must attempt to limit the damage to his client. This can be done in many different ways. A good criminal defense attorney will often have the charge reduced to lesser charges and/or plead a client out to sentences that will allow him or her the ability to quickly expunge their case off their record. For instance, throughout my legal career I have had numerous felony theft charges reduced to misdemeanors saving clients from felony convictions and from all of the consequences resulting from a felony conviction.
Felonies vs Misdemeanor Crimes
Shoplifting, Larceny, Recieving Stolen Good, and embezzelment all can be either felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount stolen. Although these incidents may appear minor, conviction for any theft crime will have permanent negative consequences.
Theft crimes are classified as crimes of moral turpitude. In addition to facing time behind bars and other immediate penalties, a theft conviction on your criminal record will limit your employment opportunities. It will render you unable to enter certain schools. A conviction can also impact your immigration status and your right to vote.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
As an exprienced criminal defense lawyer, I will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your case. Taking into consideration your criminal history, the financial amount involved in the alleged theft and the potential for restitution, I will seek to either negotiate a plea on your behalf or fight your case at trial. My goal is to minimize the negative impact of the charge on your life.
Arrested for Theft? Fight Back With a Skilled Lawyer.
If you have been charged with a theft offense, I will help. I have been able to get many theft charges dismissed thoughtout my legal career. Let me put my criminal defense skills at work for you.