No matter how minor or significant a theft charge is, it can have a great impact on your professional and personal life. If found guilty of theft, you can face substantial fines and even the loss of your freedom. A theft charge can be especially devastating to a physician, teacher, attorney, or anyone whose career depends on professional certifications or licenses. International students, tourists, and corporate or financial service employees can face even more severe consequences. If you have been accused of theft, contact Mark Yampaglia Law PC for legal representation by an experienced theft attorney.
Theft is a relatively generic term applied to a series of different violations. In general, the term theft can be used to refer to petit larceny, extortion, grand larceny, and embezzlement. Larceny is the most basic theft offense and usually underlies more serious crimes. To be found guilty of larceny, a person must be found to have wrongfully taken property that belongs to another person with the intent to deprive that person of the property. No matter what type of theft a person is accused of, the pleading requirements remain the same. For instance, for this kind of charge to be prosecuted, the following factors must be proven, this can include:
- Identification of stolen property
- Identification of the person the property was stolen from
Before a case can move forward, the prosecution must prove these fundamental elements.