Omaha Theft Crime Defense Attorneys
A theft charge, no matter how minor, can drastically change your life. It will remain on your criminal record for years and impact your ability to find a job, apply for housing, and even go to college. In addition, you may have to pay hefty fines and spend months to years in jail. But these cases are complicated, and arrests can occur due to simple mistakes. You do not deserve to have your life turned upside down because of one mistake.
If you or someone you love was arrested on theft charges in Omaha, let our legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. dig into the details of your case and fight for your freedom. Our Omaha theft crimes defense attorneys can employ several defenses on your behalf to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Do not wait. Call us at (402) 505-8234 for a free case evaluation.
In the state of Nebraska, theft is the act of taking another person’s property without their permission in order to deprive them of its value, according to Nebraska Revised Statute 28-511. This broad definition refers to a variety of crimes, including:
- Auto theft
- Identity theft
- Receiving stolen property
What you are charged with will vary based on your alleged actions during the crime. Defendants can face charges if they take another person’s property through fraud, such as by lying, falsifying facts, or other types of deception. As a result, the penalties also vary, depending on the charge you are facing and the value of the stolen property.
Theft crimes can be divided into:
- Class II Misdemeanor: Property that is worth less than $500
- Class I Misdemeanor: Property that is worth between $500 and $1,500
- Class IV Felony: Property that is worth between $1,500 and $5,000
- Class IIA Felony: Property that is worth $5,000 or more
The main penalties you can face for a theft crime in Omaha are:
- Class II Misdemeanor: Up to six months in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, and misdemeanor probation.
- Class I Misdemeanor: Up to one year in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, and misdemeanor probation.
- Class IV Felony: Up to two years in state prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, and felony probation.
- Class IIA Felony: Up to 20 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, and felony probation.
You may also be ordered to pay restitution to the alleged victim.
Theft charges can also be aggravated if you have a prior conviction. Anyone charged with a two Class II Misdemeanors for theft can face Class I Misdemeanor penalties; three Class II Misdemeanors can lead to Class IV Felony penalties. In addition, two Class I Misdemeanors can lead to a Class IV Felony.
Beating a theft charge and staying out of jail requires a strong defense. The prosecutor will use all the resources of the local courts and Omaha Police Department to put you behind bars. But a skilled attorney can look over the details of your case, find weaknesses in the prosecution’s arguments, and fight to get your charges dropped so that you can get home to your family.
Bottlinger Law L.L.C. may argue several defenses on your behalf, including:
- You had a legal right to take the property.
- You acted with the owner’s consent.
- You believed you owned the property and took it by mistake.
- Someone else took the property, and it is a case of mistaken identity.
- The value of the property is less than the charges you are facing, and you may be eligible for a reduced sentence.
- The police illegally searched your property to seize evidence.
- There is not enough evidence to convict you.
Being arrested for theft is a scary experience, but you should not give up hope. Our skilled Omaha criminal defense attorney can look over your case in a free confidential consultation and guide you through the process of building your defense. We can negotiate with the prosecution to get your charges dropped pre-trial or launch our own aggressive defense before a jury. If you were arrested on a theft charge, call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. immediately at (402) 505-8234.
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