Types of Theft

“Theft” is not a difficult term to understand. When a person illegally takes something that does not belong to him or her, theft has been committed. Of course, when the law and courts are involved, things cannot always be so simple. There are many specific types of theft that are defined by special circumstances and carry different severities of sentences.

If you have been accused of theft, it is very important that you know the details of these different categories. Experienced legal professionals, like the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, can help defendants understand the charges they are facing and assure that their rights are protected.

Specific Theft Definitions

The following are terms used to describe certain instances of theft, and the circumstances by which they are defined:

  • Fraud is deception for illegal personal gain (often, though not always, the illegal acquisition of property or funds).
  • Embezzlement is a specific type of fraud in which a person or group steals assets (usually financial) with which they have been trusted in a business environment.
  • Robbery is overt theft achieved by using violence or other techniques of intimidation.
  • Burglary is trespassing with the intent to steal.
  • Shoplifting is stealthy or covert theft from a store.

The consequences of being found guilty for these different types of theft will differ depending on the state of the trial, value of goods stolen, and whether or not the crime is considered a misdemeanor or felony.

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If you have been charged with any type of theft, you need a good lawyer to assure that you are well represented. Contact the Dallas criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.


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