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New Haven Theft Lawyer

A person commits theft when they intentionally take property from someone else. While this may seem straightforward, there is a wide range of conduct that falls within the definition of larceny and theft.

What is common to every type of larceny, however, are the specific terms and elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order for the state to sufficiently prove its case against the defendant. If they cannot prove each and every element beyond a reasonable doubt, the state cannot prove its case and the defendant should therefore be considered not guilty. In order to aid in this pursuit, it is important those accused consult with a New Haven theft lawyer as soon as possible to go over their case and begin building a defense.

An experienced attorney with knowledge of New Haven can advocate on behalf of the defendant and make sure they navigate through the legal system as successfully as possible.  For information on what can be done for your case, call and schedule a consultation today.

Theft Offenses in Connecticut

There are a number of theft-related offenses that can lead to criminal charges in Connecticut, among the common are:

  • Embezzlement
  • Shoplifting
  • Identity Theft
  • Fraud
  • Carjacking
  • Robbery
  • Burglary

Beyond these offenses, there are six degrees of larceny that you can be charged with depending largely on the value of the items that were allegedly stolen, and on the conduct of how the offense took place. For example, the degree you are charged with may be influenced by having committed theft from a vehicle or if the theft involved an individual over the age of 65 or is blind. A New Haven theft attorney will be able to provide you with more information on what exactly you are being charged with and which penalties you may be facing.

Larceny Penalties

Charge Statute Maximum Penalty
Larceny First C.G.S. § 53a-122 Up to 20 years in jail
Larceny Second C.G.S. § 53a-123 Up to 10 years in jail
Larceny Third C.G.S. § 53a-124 Up to 5 years in jail
Larceny Fourth C.G.S. § 53a-125 Up to 1 year in jail
Larceny Fifth C.G.S. § 53a-125a Up to 6 months in jail
Larceny Sixth C.G.S. § 53a-125b Up to 90 days in jail
Persistent Larceny Offender C.G.S. § 53a-40(e) Up to 5 years in jail

 

In addition to the penalties listed above, a larceny conviction can impact your ability to get a job in the future. Employers are particularly concerned with this conviction because they need to protect their property and other assets. A larceny conviction could prevent an employer from hiring you and it is therefore important to fight the charge with the help of a New Haven theft lawyer as soon as possible.

Building a Larceny Defense

Any time you are arrested, you need to begin preparing a defense as soon as possible, even for a minor larceny charge. The consequences to you, your reputation, and your family are too great to wait. At Billings & Barrett, our New Haven theft lawyers understand the importance of reducing or dropping such charges and will begin working on your case immediately after our first meeting.

We take a three-prong approach to formulating the defense:

  1. Legal Issues;
  2. Factual Issues; and
  3. “Social” Issues

By separating these three aspects of your case, our attorneys are able to present your defense to the State and the Court in a way that positions you to achieve the results you desire.

During the legal aspect of your defense, we analyze your case for any potential legal issues such as illegal stops, illegal searches, and violations of your constitutional rights. In terms of factual issues, we examine the evidence to assess whether the state can actually meet its burden to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Only after exhausting all other avenues and receiving your permission will we dive into potential social defenses.

We will discuss your life, what you have experienced, and what factors lead you to this point. This allows us to personalize you in the eyes of the state’s attorney and judge in order to demonstrate why you deserve to have minimal consequences.