Are You Facing Theft Charges?
Dealing with theft or shoplifting charges can be complicated and embarrassing. Depending on the accusation, you could be looking at severe consequences that could threaten many parts of your life, including your ability to get or keep a job.
Talking to a skilled attorney about the charges early will help you have the most options for getting the matter resolved. We offer a free consultation at the Law Office of James A. Conley so you can learn more about the next steps.
Classifications Of Theft Crimes In Washington
Theft charges become more serious depending on the value of the property in question. If you are convicted of shoplifting in Washington, you could be looking at consequences, including:
- Items valued at $750 or less. A gross misdemeanor, third-degree theft could mean a fine of as much as $5,000, a sentence of up to one year or both.
- Property valued at more than $750, but less than $5,000. Second-degree theft is a class C felony; that means a conviction could mean a fine up to $10,000, jail time up to five years or both.
- Goods worth over $5,000. First-degree theft is the most severe charge. It is a class B felony that could mean 10 years in jail, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.
While the value of the property is a reasonable indication of the severity of the crime, there are items such as vehicles and weapons that will affect how a theft charge is classified. If you are convicted of a theft crime, it can have a serious impact on your career and your future. You need a knowledgeable advocate who can help you build your defense.