While theft typically refers to the taking of another person's property without his or her permission, the term actually carries a much broader definition.
Two key elements must be present in order to identify an act as theft:
At the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, an experienced Honolulu theft crime defense attorney can help you fight the allegations that have been made against you and subsequently avoid the penalties of a conviction.
If you have been accused of a theft crime in Hawaii, you could be facing one of two different charges: petty theft or grand theft. Your charges will depend on the type and value of the property that was stolen.
Petty Theft: The theft of property that is less than $500 or $1,000 depending on the jurisdiction. Petty theft cases are usually misdemeanor offenses, but they can still carry large fines upon conviction.
Grand Theft: The theft of property that is worth more than the limit set for petty theft. Grand theft is a felony offense punishable by steep fines, jail time, and more.
"Property crime" is a general term used to describe a number of behaviors, all of which involve some degree of theft or the destruction of someone else's property. In some cases, property crimes can even refer to actions that do not involve stolen goods or harm to the victim. For example, unlawful entry with the intent to commit a crime is still considered a property crime.
The different types of property crimes that the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC can defend you against include:
Proper defense against theft charges is crucial to avoiding conviction and the penalties that come with it. If you are facing charges in the state of Hawaii, you should immediately contact the Honolulu theft lawyer at our firm. In the more than 20 years that we have been working in the legal field, we have successfully won more than 3,000 criminal cases. We are prepared to fight for you and make your case our next victory!
We encourage you to email or call our office today to request a consultation with an criminal defense attorney. During your first meeting, we can discuss the events that led up to your arrest and the legal options that are now available to you. Our firm is ready to provide you with a free appointment to talk about your case.