North Carolina Theft Crime Attorney Represents Shoplifting Defendants
Gastonia law firm defending clients against robbery and burglary charges
The Law Office of Scott R. Rosenberg, P.A., has been representing clients accused of theft crimes for more than a decade. I defend clients facing charges for larceny, theft, robbery and burglary throughout the Gastonia area. When you are facing criminal charges, you need a responsive and dedicated attorney who will listen to you and work to get your charges reduced or dropped. I provide legal assistance to North Carolina defendants facing felony or misdemeanor charges for any theft-related crime.
Understanding theft crimes under North Carolina law
North Carolina categorizes theft as many different crimes depending on the circumstances involved. Some of the most common charges include:
- Receiving or possessing stolen goods. This charge is often used when you possess something that is stolen, but the state cannot prove you took it.
- Larceny. Most theft is considered a larceny and most larcenies are considered felonies under North Carolina law. Misdemeanor forms of larceny include first- or second-offense shoplifting or the theft of goods or services valued at $1,000 or less. When the goods or services in question have a value over $1,000, you will likely be charged with a felony.
- Robbery. North Carolina has two forms of robbery offenses. Common law robbery is committing a larceny from a person by violence or intimidation. Armed robbery is committing or attempting to commit a larceny from a person by the use or threatened use of a dangerous weapon.
- Burglary. North Carolina has two degrees of burglary as defined by law: first degree and second degree. Both are serious felonies that take place when one breaks and enters into the home of another, at night, with the intent to commit any felony or larceny. It is first degree burglary if the house is being occupied at the time of the breaking and entering.
Regardless of the charges you are facing, I use all available evidence to dispute the state’s case against you and reduce your sentence or charges. When appropriate, I work with clients to help craft a plea bargain that minimizes their penalties.
Penalties for larceny misdemeanors and felonies
You should always speak to an experienced attorney to better understand the charges against you. While the specifics of each case are different, Gastonia-area criminal defendants often wonder about the potential penalties associated with their charges. Penalties include:
- Class 3 misdemeanor shoplifting. Suspended jail sentence and 24 hours of community service
- Class 2 misdemeanor shoplifting. Suspended jail sentence with 72 hours imprisonment or community service
- Class 1 misdemeanor larceny. One to 45 days in jail with no prior offenses
- Class H felony larceny. Four to eight months in prison
The use of a weapon in a robbery can increase the penalty. In addition to carrying criminal penalties, some theft crimes also subject defendants to civil fines. North Carolina law also allows the state to seize property used in the commission of certain larceny crimes. This means you may be subject to civil forfeiture of your car or other vehicle. As a criminal defense attorney, I fight to protect you from all forms of punishment and penalty.
Contact a dedicated Gastonia theft crime defense attorney right now
If you are facing charges for any theft crime, you need an experienced attorney who is passionate about justice. At The Law Office of Scott R. Rosenberg, P.A., I provide my clients with responsive service and a resolute defense strategy. To schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina theft crime attorney, call me now at 704-823-6220 or use my online contact form.