Theft, Shoplifting and Burglary are Serious Property Crimes
Property crimes in Washington State are called by many names. These names include theft, burglary and robbery, possession of stolen property, taking of a motor vehicle without permission (auto theft), unlawful issuance of bank checks (check fraud), embezzlement, extortion, etc.
However, each of these crimes relates to conduct involving the taking of property of another without their consent. Some of the offenses are charged based upon the value of the items taken (Theft 3 is less than $250.00), their location (residential burglary, shoplifting), how the theft is accomplished (extortion or fraud), the proximity to the victim (robbery), by relationship to the victim (embezzlement), or to the type of item stolen (vehicular theft, identity theft, credit card theft).
Property crimes are considered acts of "moral turpitude" which may have far-reaching ramifications, including denial of both employment and professional licenses, and immigration/deportation issues. College students and juveniles charged with property crimes may face academic consequences, and unless expunged, a conviction will stay on their record forever, limiting future opportunity.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony property crime in Washington State, the Seattle Law Offices of Steve Karimi can help. We offer sound legal advice and experienced, aggressive defense representation at reasonable rates. Contact us 24 hours a day for a free confidential consultation.
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Former prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney Steve Karimi has been quite successful in these matters. In some situations, a "civil compromise" can be reached whereby the merchant will agree to drop all charges. In other cases it may be possible to have a property crime case processed as an expedited felony, even if the value of the property exceeds $250.
Under the legal concept of "accomplice liability", someone can be charged with a property crime without doing the actual taking of property. Under accomplice liability, prosecutors have the ability to charge each individual associated with a criminal act. In these cases it is vitally important to have a defense lawyer on your side who understands the system and can negotiate effectively with prosecutors.
Call the Law Offices of Steve Karimi in Seattle at 206-621-8777 or our 24-hour help line at 206-660-6200 for immediate assistance. You can also e-mail us now for answers to your important questions or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.