Theft crimes are considered crimes of dishonesty, which bring about serious consequences including denial of professional licenses, employment opportunities, and can affect one’s immigration status. Students and juveniles may also face academic consequences.
It is important to have an experienced and aggressive attorney who will fight for you and will help save your career, protect your educational opportunities, and/or preserve your immigration options.
In a basic sense, the definition of theft to act with intent to wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another with the intent to deprive him or her of such property or services. RCW 9A.56.020. There are three varying degrees of seriousness for a theft charge. They are outlined below:
|Degree of seriousness||Value of Property||Maximum Confinement and Fines|
|Theft 3rd Degree||Misdemeanor||$750 or less||364 days in jail; $5,000 fine|
|Theft 2nd Degree||Class C Felony||$750 but less than $5,000||5 years in prison; $10,000 fine|
|Theft 1st Degree||Class B Felony||More than $5,000||10 years in prison; $20,000 fine|
A charge of Theft – misdemeanor or felony – is not something to be taken lightly. Ms. Odama has successfully defended hundreds of felony and misdemeanor theft charges. She is ready and prepared to fight for you.