Elizabethtown Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting Charges for Kentucky Theft Offenses

There are a wide variety of theft crimes in Kentucky law, ranging from Class A misdemeanors to Class B felonies. Depending on how a theft crime is charged, the consequences of a conviction can be severe, but even a misdemeanor conviction can be damaging to your reputation and employment opportunities. At Aldridge & Aldridge, our Elizabethtown criminal defense attorneys provide sound advice and effective representation to help you achieve the best outcome when you have been accused of shoplifting, burglary or other Kentucky theft offenses.

Types of Theft Crimes and Property Offenses in Kentucky

There are a wide variety of theft offenses outlined in Kentucky law. Some crimes may involve a taking by physical force, while others involve a taking through deception, such as embezzlement or other white collar crimes . Whether a theft crime is a felony or misdemeanor in most cases depends upon the value of the property involved. If the property is worth $500 or less, the theft offense is most likely a Class A misdemeanor. The degree of the offense increases as the value of the property increases and may be a Class D, C or B felony. Some theft crimes are felonies regardless of the value of the property, such as the theft of a firearm or the theft of drugs or anhydrous ammonia.

Theft offenses in Kentucky include:

  • Theft by unlawful taking or disposition
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake
  • Theft of services
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft of telecommunications services
  • Theft by extortion
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Obscuring identity of machine or other property
  • Theft of mail matter
  • Theft of identity
  • Trafficking in stolen identities

Help is available for Kentucky theft crime charges

For any given theft offense, the elements of the crime are set out in statute, and each element of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury before you can be convicted of the crime. You have the right to have an attorney defend you, and you may have any number of valid defenses available to you. For instance, you may have lacked the intent to steal, you may have taken property by mistake, you may have had a legal right to take the property, or you may have taken property for sale intending to pay for it. Your attorney can help you bring out the facts which demonstrate the applicable defense and help you obtain a favorable outcome depending upon the charges against you.

Contact Experienced Elizabethtown Criminal Defense Attorneys for Your Theft Crime Arrest

If you or a member of your family have been arrested for burglary, robbery, larceny or any Kentucky theft offense or property crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise and represent you to achieve the most positive results available. In Elizabethtown, call Aldridge & Aldridge at (270)872-0912 , or contact us online.