Dependable Defense of Maryland Theft Crimes
Glen Burnie attorney defends individuals facing charges ranging from petty theft to robbery
Under Maryland law, virtually any charges involving taking the property of another without consent of the owner constitutes a theft crime. Even in cases involving property valued at less than $100, conviction can carry up to three months in jail. In fact, convictions of individuals who happen to receive stolen goods can result in the same severe penalties imposed on the people who stole the goods. Due to the complexity of state theft laws, anyone facing charges needs support from an experienced lawyer. Robert A. Siegel with The Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC in Glen Burnie provides the knowledgeable representation you need to obtain the best possible results in your criminal case.
Understanding the types of Maryland theft offenses
No theft crime charges under Maryland law are trivial. In fact, even if you unknowingly receive stolen goods, you should retain an experienced criminal defense attorney before talking to the police. I advocate on behalf of individuals charged with a full array of theft crimes, including the following:
- Petty theft. The law defines the theft of property valued at less than $100 as petty theft, a misdemeanor crime subject to penalties that can include up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in prison. Maryland also charges the theft of property valued at up to $1,000 as a misdemeanor crime, but the prison sentence can extend to up to 18 months. Individuals who are convicted must also return the property or pay the cash value to the owner.
- Shoplifting. People convicted of shoplifting also face criminal penalties in accordance with the value of the property, but they can also be subject to civil penalties amounting to twice the sales price of the stolen goods.
- Robbery. Robbery is a serious felony, defined by Title 3 of the Maryland Code as taking property or services by force or threat of force. Depending on the value of the property, convicted robbers can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. Add up to an additional five years when weapons are used in the crime.
Dedicated advocate for individuals charged with theft crimes in Maryland
Law-abiding citizens often make the mistake of trying to explain their errors to police when they commit minor theft crimes without criminal intent. Unfortunately, police do not arrest people they believe are innocent, and they do use your words against you during your criminal case. To support the possibility of dropped charges, acquittal or a reduced sentence, you need a skilled criminal defense before you answer any questions.
Even if police tell you that your best chances for release come through cooperation, you need to take advantage of your Miranda rights to remain silent and to call an attorney. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I have the legal knowledge to fully assess the severity of your charges and the dedication to protect your rights through every step of the legal process.
Contact an experienced Glen Burnie defense attorney for immediate legal support
Contact Robert A. Siegel with The Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC in Glen Burnie at 410-609-3188 or online for a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns and receive the immediate help you need to fight your theft charges.