If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony stealing, the St. Louis stealing defense lawyers of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. can help. We start each case by carefully and thoroughly examining all the facts to determine the basis on which we can fight the shoplifting or retail theft charge. We will determine if the store has evidence that you actually intended to steal the item. We will also determine whether the store has violated your constitutional rights by illegally searching you. No matter what the facts are surrounding your specific situation, Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. will vigorously defend and protect your rights.
Misdemeanor theft occurs when the value of the property or services is less than $750. If the value of the goods is less than $750 but more than $100, an individual will be charged with a class A misdemeanor of stealing. If the goods or services is less than $100, an individual will be charged with a class D misdemeanor stealing offense. The penalty for a misdemeanor theft conviction can range from 1 day to 1 year in jail, and a fine up to $2,000.00.
Felony theft occurs when the value of the property or services is valued at $750.00 or more. Missouri law has two different classifications of felony theft. If the value of the property or services is valued between $750 and $25,000, it is considered class D felony stealing. If the value of the property or services is valued at more than $25,000, it is considered Class C felony theft. Felony stealing carries a penalty of potentially 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A fourth offense of stealing, no matter what the value of the property or services, is considered a Class E Felony, unless the specific crime committed is already a more severe criminal offense.
Contact the St. Louis stealing and theft lawyers of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. today for a free consultation. We can help you understand your theft charge and what the potential outcome may be. At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., we will ensure that your rights have not been violated and afford you the best possible outcome.