W. Shane Jennings: Theft Crimes Attorney for Southern New Mexico
Theft can be seen as an umbrella term that covers many different crimes. Most of the crimes that fall under this category have to do with taking, selling, or altering anything of value. As such, penalties for these crimes are based on the value of the item, ranging from petty misdemeanor to second-degree felony.
If you’re in Las Cruces, Hobbs, or another city in New Mexico and you require legal assistance, choose W. Shane Jennings as your theft crimes attorney.
Overview of Theft Crimes
The Law Office of W. Shane Jennings handles both common and unconventional theft crimes. The most common theft crimes are fraud, embezzlement, and larceny, while crimes such as robbery and burglary make up the less common category.
- The act of deceiving and manipulating an individual with the goal of taking a valuable item that belongs to the individual. Identity theft is a common example of fraud.
- The act of taking a valuable item that has been entrusted to you.
- The act of stealing personal property. This might be what comes into mind when you hear the term “theft” or “robbery” although these two terms refer to other, entirely different types of theft.
- The act of taking another individual’s items by force or by using force as a threat. Robbery is a third-degree felony so the charges will be more severe. If the robber is armed with a deadly weapon then the crime will be an “aggravated robbery.” A first conviction leads to a second-degree felony while subsequent convictions result in first degree felonies.
- The act of illegally entering a home, vehicle, or business with the intent to commit theft. Home burglary is categorized as a third-degree felony while burglary of any other location will result in a fourth-degree felony. Aggravated burglary, much like aggravated robbery, requires the burglar to be armed with a deadly weapon while committing the burglary. Aggravated burglary is a second-degree felony.
In general, charges for each crime correlate with the value of the item taken.
- $250 or less will lead to a petty misdemeanor
- Over $250 but less than $500 will lead to a misdemeanor
- Over $500 but less than $2,500 will result in a fourth-degree felony
- Over $2,500 but less than $20,000 will lead to a third-degree felony
- Over $20,000 will result in a second-degree felony
Don’t Face Charges Alone, Attorney W. Shane Jennings is Here to Help
When it comes to theft crimes, the penalties range and vary depending on the amount and whether this is a first-time offense or subsequent offense. Penalties can range from no more than six months of incarceration or a fine not exceeding $500, or both to nine years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. If you’re facing criminal charges for theft crimes, contact the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings. Our team is ready to help!