Understanding The Charges You Are Facing
Criminal charges are divided into three categories based on the severity of the crime. There are infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Infractions are minor violations that result only in a fine. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions, but less serious than felonies. They can result in six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Felonies are more serious crimes, often involving violence, theft of high-value items or illegal drugs. Penalties for a felony conviction range from one year to life in prison and fines up to $25,000. Judges often have discretion to decide whether a crime is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, so having an experienced legal team on your side can make a big difference in the sentence you receive. At Ernst & Associates, LLC, our team of attorneys will fight tirelessly to protect your future.
Defending Clients Facing Theft Charges
Theft crimes are considered to be crimes of moral turpitude, meaning it shows dishonesty and the penalties for a conviction will have long-lasting effects on your ability to get a job, qualify for government benefits and acquire housing. Depending on the value of the property stolen, the circumstances surrounding the theft and whether or not a weapon was used, theft charges can be filed as either a felony or a misdemeanor. At Ernst & Associates, LLC, our legal team has extensive experience representing clients in theft case including:
- Petty left/shoplifting
- Grand theft
- Credit card theft
We work hard to get charges reduced or dismissed if possible.
Experienced Property Crimes Lawyers
Like theft crimes, penalties for property crimes range from a 4th-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony depending on the severity of the crime. Property crimes are sometimes difficult to prosecute because of the burden of proof required. Common defenses include entrapment, showing that the accused had reason to believe they had consent, and showing that the accused was intoxicated and mistakenly took property.
Our firm has helped clients facing a range of property crimes including:
- Motor vehicle theft
- Breaking and entering
- Criminal trespassing
If you are facing property crime charges, we can help.
For The Assistance You Need, Call Today
When your future is on the line, make sure you have a strong advocate in your corner. To schedule a free consultation, call our office in Cincinnati at 513-548-5544 today. You can also fill out our online contact form.