The team of criminal defense lawyers at Newmark Storms has extensive experience trying many types of theft cases, from identity theft to embezzlement.
Theft charges vary greatly, from state and federal cases to charges such as embezzlement (theft by swindle), identity theft, and receiving stolen property.
Theft By Swindle
Punishments vary for theft cases based on the value of the property or services stolen. For example, when the value of the alleged theft is greater than $35,000, the punishment may be up to 20 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. When the value of the swindled amount exceeds $5,000 (but is less $35,000), the punishment may be up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $20,000. For cases where the property or services stolen is between $1,000 and $5,000, it is discretionary, and for thefts involving explosive devices, illegal drugs, or trade secrets, the fines will be much greater.
Two factors must be present in order to find someone guilty of theft by swindle: (1) that person had the intent to swindle another; and (2) affirmative measures took place to defraud or cheat someone out of property, money, or an instrument by means of some false or deceitful pretense, device, or fraudulent representation with the intent to appropriate the property, money, or benefit of the services to the defendant’s use.
Theft charges can be misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony-level offenses depending on what was stolen, the value of what was stolen, from whom the thing was stolen, and prior offenses. To speak with a criminal defense attorney with experience trying all types of theft cases (from state to federal and misdemeanor to felony), request a call back Newmark Storms defense attorney.