Types Of Theft Crimes And Property Offenses
At Aldridge Law Group, we provide sound advice and effective representation to those accused of property-related crimes in Hardin County. We help you achieve the best outcome when you have been accused of shoplifting, burglary or another Kentucky theft offenses.
There are a wide variety of theft crimes in Kentucky law, ranging from Class A misdemeanors to Class B felonies. Some crimes may involve a taking by physical force, while others involve a taking through deception such as embezzlement or other white collar crimes.
Why The Value Of Property Is Important
Whether a theft crime is a felony or misdemeanor in most cases depends upon the value of the property involved. (For example, if the property is worth $500 or less, it will most likely be a Class A misdemeanor.) Some theft crimes are felonies regardless of the value of the property, such as the theft of a firearm or the theft of drugs or anhydrous ammonia.
Theft offenses in Kentucky include:
- Theft by unlawful taking or disposition
- Theft by deception
- Theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake
- Theft of services
- Theft of telecommunications services
- Theft by extortion
- Receiving stolen property
- Obscuring identity of machine or other property
- Theft of mail matter
- Theft of identity
- Trafficking in stolen identities
For any given theft offense, the elements of the crime are set out in statute, and each element of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury before you can be convicted of the crime.
Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected
You have the right to have a criminal defense lawyer defend you. Your attorney can help you identify applicable defenses and obtain the best possible outcome so you can get on with your life.
In Elizabethtown or Louisville, call Aldridge Law Group at our office or send us an email for a free initial consultation.