Defending The People Of East Grand Forks From Theft Charges
Taking another person’s property is a criminal offense that can carry a wide range of consequences depending on the value of the property taken and the method in which it was obtained. At Dusek Law a criminal defense law firm with offices in East Grand Forks, we provide comprehensive defense representation to individuals facing theft charges throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.
Experienced Burglary Defense Lawyers
After more than 20 years as a criminal defense attorney, founding partner David Dusek has the skill and experience to effectively represent clients in cases involving a wide range of theft offenses, including:
- Receiving stolen property
- Identity theft
Our proactive approach to law begins with a thorough investigation and analysis, breaking charges down to ensure a client’s rights were protected at each stage. We work closely with clients to integrate their firsthand knowledge with the evidence, utilizing witnesses and experts as necessary to craft an effective defense.
At Dusek Law our goal is to make difficult times more manageable for clients, which is why we go above and beyond to help them feel comfortable with their defense. Our staff is accessible, responding to all calls and emails quickly and taking the time to discuss concerns with clients so that they can make informed decisions that serve their best interests.
Common Consequences For Theft Crimes In Minnesota
The sentences for theft in Minnesota are as follows:
- Minnesota prosecutes theft as a misdemeanor when the property stolen is worth less than $1,000. These crimes can result in up to one year of jail time.
- Theft becomes a felony when the property is worth $1,000 to $5,000. These crimes can result in prison time of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- If the property stolen is worth more than $5,000, you could receive 10 to 20 years in prison.
As you can see, the state takes these offenses very seriously.
Penalties For Theft Crimes In North Dakota
North Dakota also prosecutes theft harshly. For example:
- Theft of property valued at up to $1,000 is a misdemeanor that can lead to up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $3,000.
- If convicted of stealing property worth $1,001 to $10,000, the charge is a Class C felony. These offenses can receive up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Theft of property between $10,001 and $50,000 is a Class B felony, which has a harsher punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
- Finally, it is a Class A felony – the most serious – for stealing property valued at more than $50,000. You could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
To avoid these consequences, it is critical to have a theft defense attorney.
When Does Theft Become A Felony Crime In Minnesota And North Dakota?
Both states categorize theft based on the value of the property stolen. In both Minnesota and North Dakota, the threshold for a misdemeanor is up to $1,000. Theft involving more than $1,001 of property is a felony in each state.
Factors That Could Increase Your Theft Crime Penalties
There are several details that, if present, could make your sentence more severe. These include:
- Value of property exceeds $1,000
- Use of a deadly weapon during the theft
- Threats of violence during the theft
- Previous theft convictions on your record
The best way to minimize the effect of these factors is to work with a defense lawyer who has experience securing favorable plea bargains and acquittals or of bargaining down charges.
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