Have you been accused of theft or fraud?
Maybe you made a mistake. Perhaps you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you have been arrested, you need a lawyer right away. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC concentrates on criminal defense. Their fluency with the system can work for you. If you or someone you love has been accused of larceny, contact a shoplifting and larceny defense lawyer today for a free consultation. Put our knowledge in your corner.
Wake County Larceny Criminal Defense Lawyer
Shoplifting, unlawful concealment and other types of larceny are more serious crimes than many people realize. Even nonviolent theft crimes can have harsh penalties. Additionally, a conviction for any crime can negatively affect your opportunities in the future. Employers may be especially reluctant to hire someone with a theft crime charge or conviction on their record.
The Consequences of a Conviction
A conviction for any type of North Carolina larceny, even a minor one, may have serious consequences beyond fines and jail time. Any type of theft is deemed a crime of "moral turpitude." A conviction may permanently affect your ability to get the job of your choice and limit your career. You may even lose your job if it involves being responsible for money. Jobs like banking, investments, securities, stocks, or bonds could be in jeopardy. A theft conviction could also adversely affect medical, legal, real estate, and other professional licenses on his or her record.
The penalties for larceny will vary depending on the value of stolen goods, the manner in which they were stolen and the defendant's prior record. It is important to speak with an experienced, aggressive Wake County criminal defense lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.
We handle larceny cases that involve:
•Breaking and entering in motor vehicles
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel defends people against theft crimes charges in North Carolina and provides and aggressive defense. We can also defend you against charges of possessing or receiving stolen goods. We know what penalties you will face if you are convicted and how they may affect your life.
Raleigh larceny attorney Wiley Nickel has extensive knowledge of North Carolina criminal law. He will work hard to protect your freedom, presenting any mitigating factors and arguing for reduced charges or penalties. For a free consultation with a Raleigh larceny defense attorney, please call 919-585-1486 today.
Theft From A Merchant And Shoplifting
Theft of goods valued at more than $1,000 is typically a class H felony. Theft of goods valued at or less than $1,000 is typically a class 1 misdemeanor offense. We can examine your case to determine whether the charges are appropriate.
Larceny from a merchant is a class H felony if the stolen goods have a value of more than $200 and the person used an exit door meant to deter theft and that has a notice providing information about the felony.
Shoplifting or unlawful concealment of merchandise is a common offense for adults and juveniles. You can be charged with concealment if you are caught with merchandise while still in the store. Concealment is usually a misdemeanor.
If you are charged with a fourth larceny offense, you may be charged with habitual larceny (a felony), regardless of the dollar amount of the goods stolen. In these cases, you can be sentenced to class H felony penalties if convicted of habitual larceny (as a status offender), even if you were charged with misdemeanor larceny offenses.
Have the Police Issued You a Defective Citation?
North Carolina case law says that the police must allege adequately describe the legal name of the entity you are accused of taking property from. If the citation says you committed larceny just from “Wal-Mart” rather than the correct legal name of “Wal-Mart Store Inc” you may be able to have your case dismissed. They must also correctly identify the specific goods taken. A larceny indictment must describe the property taken with reasonable specificity. State v. Pennell 746 SE 2d 431 (indictment was fatally defective where it described the property taken as "various items of merchandise").
Contact A Raleigh Shoplifting Defense Attorney
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC understands what is at stake for their clients. They will take the time to sit down and discuss your options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. To schedule a free consultation with a Wake County larceny defense lawyer please call 919-585-1486 or contact us online.