If you've been accused of stealing, it can feel like the cards are stacked against you. Theft charges may result in heavy fines, jail time and a permanent stain on your record. Reach out to Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law to retain a top-rated criminal defense attorney in Independence, MO. He'll build a solid defense strategy to challenge the prosecution.
With over 30 years of criminal cases under his belt, Attorney Englert has an in-depth knowledge of the local prosecutors and judges deciding your fate. He'll use all available resources and evidence to give you the best possible outcome.
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The exact items stolen, their value, and the method you obtained them have a major impact on the charges and sentencing you may receive. Missouri has a strict range of theft charges, from a simple misdemeanor to a Class A felony. The possible sentences include:
Misdemeanor theft: from a $500 fine to 1 year in prison
Class E felony: up to 4 years in jail and $10,000 fines
Class D felony: no more than 7 years in jail and $10,000 fines
Class C felony: jail for up to 10 years and $10,000 fines
Class B felony: jail for up to 15 years
Class A felony: 10 to 30 years of incarceration or life imprisonment
There are very fine lines between each charge, often breaking down to the type of animal, material, or object stolen. Your theft attorney will challenge the evidence presented to potentially lower charges.