You commit Theft when you obtain or exercise unauthorized control over the property of another with a purpose to deprive the person of the property. Mark and I handle numerous theft cases every year in New Hampshire. We see a wide variety of theft type crimes, especially in these difficult economic times. Theft crimes run the gamut, from stealing copper and valuable metals to stealing jewelry, money and video games.
The penalties for Theft are severe. For example: if the value of the stolen property exceeds $1,500 you are facing a class A felony, a potential sentence of up to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison! Likewise, if the value of the stolen property is between $1,000 and $1,500 you face a class B felony punishable by a prison term of 3 ½ to 7 years.
So how do we fight a theft case? We approach a theft case aggressively, just like any other case. We tear apart the police reports, also known as discovery, and look closely at the facts and circumstances of the particular case. We ask ourselves if the State can prove the necessary elements of the case. Can the State prove that you knowingly, exercised unauthorized control over the property of another, with a purpose to deprive the other person? Further, can the State prove the value of the goods or services stolen?
Assuming the State can prove its case, we work hard to obtain the best result possible. Often times theft crimes are motivated by extreme financial difficulty or to support a drug addiction. We work closely with our clients to achieve the best possible result, such as achieving a plea to a lesser included misdemeanor upon counseling, restitution or community service.
Office number: 603-595-5525