How Our Attorneys Can Help You Fight Theft Charges
A person may be convicted of theft if they take control of another person's property without permission and with the intention of either permanently depriving the owner of access to the property or returning it only after receiving payment or other compensation. It is also illegal to receive stolen property or possess tools that can be used for burglary.
Regardless of the type of theft charges, without a guilty plea, prosecutors must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction.
As a defendant, you have the right to a strong legal defense that challenges the prosecution's case and works towards the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and seeking a resolution to your case that protects your freedom and your future. We are committed to providing the level of representation that you deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta as soon as possible after an arrest or indictment for theft so we can:
Immediately seek your release from custody on your own recognizance (ROR) or for the lowest bail available.
Begin investigating the charges against you, including determining whether there was police or prosecutorial misconduct, or there are flaws in the prosecution’s case, such as:
Illegal search and seizure
Racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, age or other bias
Lack of credible witnesses
Faulty or fabricated testimony
Faulty forensic testing (particularly regarding DNA evidence).
Make pre-trial motions to have the court exclude disputable evidence from further proceedings.
If it becomes necessary to go to trial, our attorneys will present a strong and persuasive defense on your behalf. There are various potential defenses against charges of theft that may result in reduced charges, a lighter sentence, or exoneration, including but not limited to:
Inability to establish ownership of the property in question
Inability to establish the defendant’s possession of the property
False value assigned to property
Lack of intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of the property
Entrapment, coercion or other inducement by another for the defendant to commit the alleged theft
Mental impairment at the time of the alleged theft that prevented understanding of right versus wrong or the consequences of the defendant’s actions.
Theft cases often involve conflicting accounts of ownership, agreement to transfer ownership, or consent to borrow property. It may be one person's word against another's when it comes to determining these issues, such as whether there was a documented or undocumented sale, or if there was expressed or implied consent to borrow property that was intended to be returned in a timely manner.
In some cases, it may be possible to make restitution to the alleged victim of a theft and convince them to drop the charges. Our attorneys and legal staff are skilled negotiators who are also able to approach these situations with compassion. They can help you explore this option if it is appropriate for your case.
There are many opportunities to have theft charges reduced or dismissed before they go to court, and defendants who go to court for allegations of theft are found not guilty every day.
We may also be able to arrange a plea that leads to Conditional Discharge probation or Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), either of which may be appropriate for certain nonviolent first-offenders.
Active military members and retirees accused of nonviolent crimes who have been diagnosed with mental illness or who have shown signs of mental illness in front of law enforcement, family members or friends may qualify for the N.J. Veterans’ Diversion program, which allows participants to avoid trial and a criminal record.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for theft, it is important to get legal help as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Patrick Parrotta, our team of attorneys can begin working on your case immediately to challenge the evidence against you and explore other options for avoiding harsh penalties that may be associated with a theft conviction. Don't hesitate to call us to get the legal representation you need.