“Theft by Taking” and “Theft by Receiving” are both crimes under Georgia law. Theft by receiving involves the possession of stolen property, and theft by taking involves stealing an item of value from another party. If you are accused of either of these offenses, it is imperative that you retain an experienced trial lawyer at once. The penalties imposed in a conviction could change your life forever. Contact Wallack Law in Atlanta for help.
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It is illegal to be in possession of stolen property, but it must be proven that you were aware that it was stolen for this to be a crime. The charges may be filed as a misdemeanor or felony, based upon the value of the goods in your possession.
While it is very frightening to be taken into custody and charged with a theft crime, you are protected from certain types of law enforcement actions under the U.S. Constitution. Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Sandy Wallack is an acclaimed trial lawyer who will perform a full investigation into the facts to craft an effective strategy for your defense. Note that it is not necessary for the person who stole the property to be convicted for you to be charged with “receiving.”
The crime of “taking” refers to the theft of another party’s property. Under Georgia Code Title 16, Chapter 8, Article 1, a person commits theft by unlawfully appropriating another party’s property with the intent to deprive that party of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken. The penalties imposed in a conviction will reflect the value of the allegedly stolen items. Property valued at $500 or less are filed as a misdemeanor, with penalties including up to $1,000 in fines and jail time up to twelve months.
In felony “theft by taking” crimes, the penalties imposed are based upon the value of the stolen property, the method by which it was taken, and the criminal record of the accused. The penalties imposed can be up not less than one year, and up to ten years serving in state prison, with fines.
The way the crime was committed impacts the level of the charges filed. Various situations can lead to a charge of theft by taking, including:
At Wallack Law, we go the distance for the people we represent. We offer a free initial consultation to assist those who are facing criminal charges for theft by taking, or theft by receiving in the Atlanta area or the state of Georgia, including charges filed in federal court. Call today for help.