Theft is a broad term that covers a person taking property from someone without the owner’s permission. Theft can include: embezzlement, burglary, grand theft, shoplifting, etc. Larceny is a more specific form of theft and includes moving a person’s property with the intent of permanently depriving them of that object. Grand theft and petty theft distinctions are determined by the value of the object that was stolen.
Robbery is similar to theft but it involves the use of violence or the threat of force. Unlike theft, the owner of the property or someone protecting the property must be present or it is not considered robbery. This charge is always a felony, although the class of felony greatly depends on what type of force and whether a deadly weapon was used.
Burglary is breaking into and entering any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit a crime while inside. A person does not have to forcibly enter a building for the crime to be considered burglary. They may enter through an unlocked window or door and it is still considered burglary if the entry was unauthorized. The DA’s office can charge a burglary of a store during operating hours, absent no property being taken out of the premises.
If you have been charged with any type of theft crime, including burglary or robbery, it is important that you hire a skilled and qualified criminal defense attorney. Speaking to law enforcement officials without proper representation can have disastrous consequences. Serious crimes including theft and property crimes assume ill intent on the part of the defendant. One of the most common ways that the prosecution proves ill intent is through statements given during interviews. Thus, in all crimes, it is usually best never to make a statement to police without consulting an attorney.
Allow John B. Routsis to speak on your behalf. He will make sure that there is no manipulation on the part of law enforcement. Mr. Routsis has a very effective delivery to prosecutors to allow them to put your case into perspective. If the case does reach the court room, Mr. Routsis is skilled in presenting to the judge an effective and persuasive defense. These abilities stem from the fact that he has worked as a prosecutor, a judge pro tem and a criminal defense attorney for the last 25 years. Once you have retained Mr. Routsis, you can feel confident that you have a very qualified and skilled attorney working diligently on your behalf.