Theft in Olympia
A theft conviction can result in devastating consequences. Beyond the possibility of jail, fines, restitution, no contact orders, and probation, a conviction can also prevent you from getting jobs and even a place to rent. A prosecutor is going to take your case seriously so it is very important that you do too.
A theft charge is broken up into three different degrees. Each degree is typically dependant on the value of the items stolen but there are a few exceptions. In some instances, the item stolen is a certain charge no matter the value. For example, if you steal a car or a gun, you will be facing a felony even if their value is under $750.
Typically, when the value of the item stolen is under $750, you will be facing a theft 3° charge which is a gross misdemeanor. This means the maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. It is also important to remember that whoever you stole from could also try to sue you. This commonly pops up when the victim is a store. Even if they get the property back, they could be seeking restitution. Often, you will receive a civil demand letter from the store or their legal representative demanding compensation for the theft. This amount is typically more than the actual value which is permitted by law.
If the value of the items stolen is above $750 but less than $5,000, then you could be facing a theft 2° charge. This charge is a class C felony which means the maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the value of the items stolen is above $5,000, then you are looking at a theft 1° which is a class B felony. Class B felonies have a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
If you are facing a theft charge, it is absolutely vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. In some instances, there are more options available in order to reach a favorable resolution. It is in your best interest that you allow your attorney to investigate and discuss these options with both you, the prosecutor, and maybe even the alleged victim.