Savannah Theft Crime Lawyers
Defending against All Types of Theft Crimes
At The Schneider Law Firm, we defend aggressively against misdemeanor and felony theft crimes, fighting tirelessly to protect the accused.
Call us if you have been charged with:
Our firm has a reputation as one of the most aggressive and successful criminal defense teams in the Savannah area. We are prepared to get to work on your defense immediately. Your first call after an arrest for a theft crime should be to our office – the earlier we get involved, the better your chances of avoiding conviction. Our lead attorney is a former prosecutor and is known throughout the legal community as an aggressive and talented defender. Take advantage of our skills and extensive knowledge of the justice system to get your case moving forward.
What is Considered Petty Theft in Georgia?
In Georgia, petty theft occurs when an individual steals something of a certain value in order to keep that item. It’s classified as a misdemeanor under Georgia law, and it typically involves the theft of an item with a value of $500 or less. Petty theft can result in fines of up to $1,000 and prison sentences that last up to one year. Georgia law defines theft as the unlawful taking of another person’s property “with the intention of depriving him of the property.”
Penalties for Theft in Georgia
There were changes in state law regarding penalties for theft in 2012. For stolen property valued at $1,500, the charges will be filed as a misdemeanor offense with penalties of up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. For property valued between $1,500 and $5,000, felony charges will be filed. The penalties imposed in these cases could include up to 5 years in state prison. For theft crimes with property valued between $5,000 and $25,000, the penalties can include up to 10 years in state prison. For theft of property valued at more than $25,000, the prison sentence can be as high as 20 years in a state correctional facility.
The level of the charges and the penalties are also based upon various other factors, including:
- The accused’s criminal record
- Whether a weapon was used in the commission of the crime
- A weapon being present when the crime was committed
- Threats made against persons in the commission of the crime
In all theft offenses, the judge has the discretion to penalize the offender as if the crime committed was a misdemeanor, which can be a significant advantage to a person who could be facing many years in state prison.
Consult with The Schneider Law Firm
You deserve to find out more about your options and to hear the facts from a seasoned professional who has worked on both sides of the courtroom.
Contact our Savannah theft defense lawyers immediately if you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime. The Schneider Law Firm is known for achieving victories in tough criminal cases and should get involved in defending your case without delay.
Call our firm immediately at (912) 385-0854 if you are facing criminal charges.