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Louisiana Theft & Shoplifting Attorney
Theft Attorney in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
Theft in Louisiana encompasses a variety of larceny crimes. At the root of these crimes is the taking of anything which has value, without the consent of the person to whom it belongs. Theft also refers to crimes in which one obtains property through fraudulent conduct, representation, or practices. A Louisiana theft crime can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the value of the property in question and whether or not the accused has a prior criminal record. Sophisticated theft crimes may constitute federal offenses, in which a defendant must face the federal government.
Just having a theft charge on your record could disqualify you from a range of opportunities, especially in employment. Students with a criminal record could also face obstacles in obtaining scholarships, student loans, or even admission into the school of their choice. Attorney Eric G. Johnson of The John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm defends those accused of theft throughout Louisiana. Whether you face your first criminal charges or are a minor charged with shoplifting, Eric can help you secure your future.
What are Common Louisiana Theft Crimes?
From taking a candy bar at the dollar store to paying rent with bad checks, many actions may constitute theft in Louisiana. Among the most common theft crimes in Louisiana are:
- Check fraud
- Identity theft
- Possession of stolen goods
Shoplifting is one of the most common juvenile crimes committed by those under 18. If you or a loved one has been accused of shoplifting and is a minor in Louisiana, his or her future may be severely hindered by the charges. Eric Johnson works closely with individuals of all ages who are facing criminal charges. He has decades of experience negotiating with prosecutors and may be able to reduce or eliminate the charges against you or your loved one.
What are the Penalties for Theft in Louisiana?
Theft can be a misdemeanor or felony crime, and thus sentences vary widely depending on the specifics of your case. Penalties are largely influenced by the value of the stolen property and any prior criminal record you may have. Grand theft in Louisiana occurs when the property taken is worth over $500. This offense is also known as larceny theft.
You could face several years in jail and fines in the thousands of dollars, or both, for larceny theft. Time in jail may or may not include hard labor. Other factors surrounding your case may increase sentencing, such as whether you committed a robbery, broke into a building, or attempted to conceal information with the intent to commit theft.
Attorney Eric G. Johnson has helped Louisiana residents with criminal cases for over 27 years and can help you too. Speak with Eric as soon as possible to discuss your case and understand the full extent of the charges against you. Call The John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm at 318-377-1555 or schedule a free consultation online.