Theft Crimes

Northern Kentucky theft crimes charges range from misdemeanor offenses all the way up to felony charges with serious jail time. There are several different ways to consider theft in the state of Kentucky. The most popular form of theft refers to unlawful taking. However, there are many other types of theft including:

  • Theft by deception.
  • Theft of controlled substances.
  • Failure to make required disposition.
  • Identity theft.

The severity of consequences for theft crimes depends a great deal on the value of the alleged theft.

Robbery

The distinction between theft and robbery is that robbery assumes some form of violence threat, and this can increase the severity of your case and the penalties associated with it.

Burglary

When the invasion of property meets theft, burglary charges may be applied to your case. Burglary refers to the unlawful entry to a property with the intent to commit a crime.  Since burglary is taken very seriously by judges across Northern Kentucky, you can face felony charges and the penalties associated with them.

Shoplifting

Unfortunately, most assume that shoplifting charges are not serious.  This leads to many not hiring an attorney to help them through the case.  Shoplifting is taken very serious in Northern Kentucky.  Many charged with shoplifting end up pleading when they represent themselves without considering all the possible consequences of doing so. The possible impacts of pleading to a shoplifting charge can continue to influence your for the duration of your life.

A background check for a job application or rental home can uncover a shoplifting charge. Since shoplifting is often bundled in with other theft crimes, it can be a deal breaker for employers or landlords.   It’s worth reaching out to a qualified and committed Northern Kentucky attorney today to learn about your options.

Car Theft

There are several different laws in the state of Kentucky that refer to theft of automobiles. The first is related to theft by unlawful taking. This is the worst case of car theft in the state. The defendant would have had to take the car with the intention of never returning it to the owner. The penalties for this include fines and maximum jail of sentences of up to 10 years.

Another charge is unauthorized use of an automobile, which refers to the use of someone’s car without their permission. This is considered a misdemeanor with up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $500.  Prior convictions can upgrade the situation to felony charges.

The final statute relating to car theft is the Kentucky robbery statute.  With this you can be charged with theft of a car by force or threat of immediate use of force.   You can be charged with a Class C felony if you are convicted of robbery in the second degree or charged with a Class B felony if robbery in the first degree.