Theft is one of the oldest types of crimes. It’s a criminal offense that has evolved over time and now includes a variety of criminal offenses. This crime can be carried out both in person and through electronic means.
Knowing more about what constitutes theft may aid you in building a defense if you’re facing such charges.
What constitutes theft?
Several offenses fall under the umbrella of theft. These crimes include:
- Theft of services
- Theft of mislaid or lost property
- Theft by deception
- Theft by conversion
- Theft by extortion
- Identity theft
An instance in which someone takes possession of merchandise from a retail establishment that they haven’t paid or switches price tags to pay a lower amount than advertised is shoplifting. Theft by deception occurs when one obtains property via the use of fraudulent means.
Theft by deception can take on several forms. An individual might create or confirm a false impression. They may also sell or transfer encumbered property knowing that it has liens, claims or legal impediments against it. Someone may also promise to perform certain services without ever intending to do so.
What to know if you’re facing theft charges
The amount of possible prison time one is facing depends on the dollar amount of the alleged theft and other circumstances surrounding the alleged crime.
A theft conviction can impact your ability to secure a job and in other areas of your life. A criminal defense attorney can help you understand the defense strategies that you can pursue in your case for the best possible outcome.