St. Paul Theft Crime Attorney
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Theft is the act of taking another person's property without consent. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, penalties can range from probation to long-term prison. If you are convicted of a theft crime, you face a number of life-altering consequences such as imprisonment, fines, restitution, probation, community service and a permanent criminal record.
At Capitol City Law Group, we firmly believe in promoting justice, fairness and equality. With a long list of achievements and awards, our St. Paul criminal defense lawyers have what it takes to get you favorable results. We are ready to put our years of experience to help protect your rights in court.
What Is Theft?
Under Minnesota law, you commit theft if you:
- Knowingly take, use, transfer, conceal, or retain possession of someone else’s property without permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of that property permanently
- Take possession, custody, or title to property or services by knowingly deceiving someone else with a false representation
- File a false medical claim
- Find lost property and make no reasonable attempt to give the property back
- Rent or lease personal property but don’t return the property or pay for it
- Take or drive a car or other motor vehicle without the owner’s permission
Penalties for Theft
Minnesota looks at theft offenses according to the dollar value of the property and/or services taken. Below are the penalties for a different number of theft crimes:
- Property valued under $500: A petty theft misdemeanor when the value of the property or services taken is less than $500. Petty theft is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.
- Property valued $500 to $1,000: If you steal property or services valued between $500 and $1,000, you could face a fine up to $3,000 and up to one year in jail.
- Property valued $1,000 to $5,000: If you steal property or services valued between $1,000 and $5,000, you could face a fine up to $10,000 and up to 5 years in jail.
- Property valued more than $5,000: If you steal property or services valued more than $5,000, you could face a fine up to $20,000 and up to 10 years in jail.
- Property valued more than $35,000: This is the most serious theft offense under Minnesota law. If you steal property or services worth more than $35,000, you could face a fine up to $100,000 and spend up to 20 years in jail.
In addition to criminal penalties like fines and prison time, you may also be liable for the amount equal to the stolen property’s value and punitive damages of $50 or no more than 100% of the property’s value.
As you can see, theft is taken seriously in Minnesota. Even a petty theft could result in prison time. If you have been charged with a crime, please contact our St. Paul theft crime lawyers at Capitol City Law Group today. Our team has over 30 years of collective legal experience defending clients in gun possession, domestic violence, drug possession, sex crime, and drug trafficking cases. We can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and obligations.
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