Atlanta Theft Crimes Lawyer
In Georgia, “Theft” can cover a variety of crimes. The most common Theft crimes are as follows:
Theft by Taking - Georgia defines a Theft by Taking as the unlawful taking or appropriation of the property of another with the intention of permanently depriving that person of the property. This is the most commonly charged Theft crime and can cover a variety of situations from embezzlement to common Theft.
Theft by Deception - A Theft by Deception occurs when an accused takes the property of another through the use of deceit or fraud.
Theft by Conversion - A Theft by Conversion is when a person keeps property they have lawfully obtained or borrowed with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of this property. An example of such an offense is when an individual keeps a rental car vehicle past the agreed upon term.
Theft of Services - A Theft of Services occurs when an individual uses deception to obtain services illegally, such as using a false identification to avoid payment for services rendered.
- Theft by Receiving Stolen Property - An individual commits the offense of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property when they possess stolen property which they knew or should have known was stolen. Under this crime, an individual is not accused of taking the property but instead with receiving the property from the original thief.
If the amount alleged to have been stolen is worth more than $500 in value, then the State can charge the Theft as a felony offense. Felony Thefts can carry a maximum punishment of up to ten years in prison for each alleged incident.
It is important to keep in mind that just because you have been charged with a Theft that this does not mean you are guilty of the crime.
At Ghanayem and Rayasam, we have seen many cases where our clients were unjustly accused of Theft. Many times our clients faced “Theft” charges which were nothing more than civil cases which were improperly brought as criminal cases. Other times, we have seen Theft charges brought against clients who never had the intention to deprive the owner of the property they were accused of stealing. Our firm has been successful in getting many of these cases dismissed.
If you have been charged with a Theft crime in Georgia, then you need lawyers who will stand up for your rights and aggressively defend your case. Even if you are guilty for the crimes for which you have been charged, we will work tirelessly to minimize any punishment, including protecting your criminal history from showing a conviction. At Ghanayem & Rayasam we understand that every criminal case is unique. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible options for resolving your criminal matter. Please contact our office at (404) 561-0202 to speak with us about your case and to see how we can help you.