Stealing Charges

Stealing Charges and Consequences in Missouri

A stealing charge can be a felony or a misdemeanor and can be filed at the municipal court or the state court level.  Criminal attorney Justin Summary of the law firm of Allan & Summary has represented clients charged with all of the below types of stealing offenses.  If you are charged with a stealing crime you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately because a stealing conviction could remain on your record permanently and could affect your ability to find employment opportunities in the future.

Stealing, shoplifting, theft and petty theft

A person commits the crime of stealing when they take property or services from someone without that person's consent or by using deceit.  Stealing under $500 (petty theft) is a class A misdemeanor and stealing at least $500 but less than $25,000 is considered a class C felony.  Stealing can also be charged as a Class B felony if the value of property or services taken equals or exceeds $25,000.  Stealing items used for the production of amphetamines or methamphetamine can increase stealing charges all the way up to a class A felony.  If you are facing stealing charges or have been accused of a petty theft crime, contact criminal defense lawyer Justin Summary today for a free case evaluation. 

Receiving stolen property

A person commits the crime of receiving stolen property if he or she receives or disposes of property believing that it has been stolen.  To prove the belief element of this crime, prosecutors often show evidence that the person got the stolen property in exchange for something which he or she knew was far below its reasonable value or that he or she took the stolen property under circumstances that should cause a person to believe the property was stolen.  Receiving stolen property is a class A misdemeanor unless the property involved has a value of $500 or more, in which case receiving stolen property is a class C felony.  If you have been accused of the crime of receiving stolen property, contact criminal lawyer Justin Summary today for expert legal advice.

Fraudulent use of a credit or debit device

Fraudulent use of a credit or debit device occurs when a person uses a credit or debit device to obtain services or property, knowing that their use of the device is unauthorized.  Fraudulent use of a credit or debit device is a class A misdemeanor unless the value of the property or services taken was $500 or more and then it is a class D felony.  If you are charged with fraudulently using a credit card, contact criminal defense attorney Justin Summary today!

Forgery

A person commits the crime of forgery when they intend to defraud by making or altering a writing so that it appears to have been made by someone else or to give the writing a genuineness, antiquity, rarity, ownership or authorship which it does not possess. It is also considered forgery to use or transfer a writing when you know it has been altered.  Forgery is a class C felony.  If you are charged with forgery, contact the law firm of Allan & Summary today to discuss the possible consequences that the felony charge of forgery carries.

Burglary

The crime of burglary in the second degree is committed if you knowingly  enter or remain unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing a crime therein.  If the person was armed with a deadly weapon, causes or threatens immediate physical injury to a victim or if someone is present in the home or structure at the time of the burglary it is considered a class B felony.  The punishment for a burglary conviction can include prison time, so if you are facing a burglary charge contact defense attorney Justin Summary today!

Criminal defense lawyer Justin Summary of the law firm of Allan & Summary has represented clients charged with all of the above types of stealing charges.  If you have been charged with a stealing offense contact a criminal lawyer with experience defending stealing charges.  Contact the law office of Allan & Summary today for your free case evaluation!