Let a Johnson County Theft Attorney Help You Fight the Charges
Theft crimes encompass a wide range of offenses that can lead to severe penalties in some cases. Prosecutors tend to be quite aggressive in pursuing punishments for theft crimes, and as such, it’s important that you secure equally aggressive legal assistance to ensure that your interests are being effectively represented during litigation.
Jerry Merrill has over a decade of experience advocating on behalf of those who have been charged with theft crimes, among other offenses. Contact Jerry today to learn more about how a Johnson County theft attorney can help you put forth a strong defense.
Common Types of Theft Offenses
Theft may be litigated in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances. Let’s take a look at some of the offenses that can be related or linked to the concept of “theft.”
In Kansas, a person may be found guilty for the standard theft offense if they intend to permanently deprive the owner of their property or services by:
- Obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over property or services;
- Obtaining control over property or services by deception;
- Obtaining control over property or services by threat; or
- Obtaining control over stolen property or services knowing the property or services were stolen by another.
Theft can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the dollar amount of the items alleged taken. The law allows for substantial prison time if a prosecutor can prove that over $25,000 was stolen.
Robbery is a violent crime that involves an underlying theft offense. Under Section 21-5420 of the Kansas Statutes, robbery is defined as knowingly taking property from the person or presence of another by force or by threat of bodily harm to any person. Robbery is prosecuted as a level 5 person felony in Kansas.
In some circumstances, the offense will be enhanced to aggravated robbery if the offender is either armed with a dangerous weapon during the commission of the robbery or inflicts bodily harm upon a person over the course of the robbery. Aggravated robbery is a level 3 person felony.
Burglary occurs when the defendant enters or remains – lacking authorization to do so – within any…
- Non-dwelling structure; or
…with the intent to commit a felony, theft, or sexually motivated crime therein.
For example, if you break into the trunk of a victim’s car with the intention of stealing items from within, you may be found guilty for burglary (even if you do not actually successfully recover items). The offense will be enhanced to aggravated burglary in situations where another person is present in the property at the time that the offense is committed.
Burglary is prosecuted as a felony, though the grading of the felony may vary substantially, depending on the circumstances.
Contact an Experienced Johnson County Theft Lawyer for Further Assistance
If you’ve been charged with having committed a theft crime in Kansas, you could be facing significant criminal penalties that include years of imprisonment. Given the high stakes nature of criminal litigation, it’s critical that you contact a skilled Johnson County theft lawyer for help. Your attorney will evaluate the case and help you identify the next steps to take as the dispute progresses.
I’m Jerry Merrill, a defense attorney who has dedicated his career to the practice of criminal law. Over the years, I have served as a prosecutor, special counsel, and stand-in judge in multiple jurisdictions. Now, I work with those who have been unjustly accused of having committed a crime.
My experiences on both sides of a prosecution have given me a great deal of insight into the strategies employed in criminal litigation, as well as an understanding of what is effective to help reduce or avoid punishment. Since the beginning of my career, I have litigated thousands of cases and secured favorable outcomes for many of my clients.
Interested in learning more? Call (913) 815-0705 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Johnson County theft attorney. I am available at all time to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your case.