Whether it be stealing a shirt from Wal-Mart or stealing a motor vehicle, stealing charges can have significant consequences. There is the obvious potential for jail or even prison time, but there is also the potential the charge can show up on background checks and cause issues with jobs. Receiving stolen property charges can have the same effects. Thus, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney that handles stealing charges and is familiar with Missouri’s stealing laws.
Missouri’s stealing and receiving stolen property laws are complex. Stealing and receiving stolen property charges can be simple municipal ordinance violations, misdemeanors, or felonies. Most commonly, the value of the item(s) stolen determines the severity, but prior findings of guilt on stealing-related offenses can make a tiny stealing case into a felony. In addition to the different levels of stealing charges, stealing can be in multiple forms; it does not have to be taking the property of another. For instance, it can also be obtaining services of another by the use of deceit. To add to the complexity, the laws can be treated differently in each county. For example, individuals may be treated differently in St. Louis County than in Jefferson County for a stealing charge. It is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer familiar with these complexities to properly evaluate your case.
The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense lawyers know Missouri’s stealing and receiving stolen property laws, and have significant experience handling stealing charges. They will listen to your position and advise you how the law applies to your case. They will also focus not on whether you committed the crime, but whether the prosecutor can prove it. Additionally, they have insight to how local prosecutors and judges treat stealing-related charges. If you are charged with or are a suspect for a stealing charge or receiving stolen property, contact The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense lawyers immediately.
The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense attorneys handle stealing charges in the following counties and municipal courts:
4633 Yeager Road
Hillsboro, Missouri 63050
615 Collins Drive
Festus, Missouri 63028