Theft charges cover a broad range of behavior, but essentially consist of the taking of another’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. Theft can be accomplished by extortion (compelling another to give you property), deception (obtaining property by trick or dishonesty), or even by receiving (retaining stolen property from another with good reason to know it was stolen). The severity of the charges can be similarly broad, and is generally determined by the value of the property alleged to have been stolen.
Portland criminal defense attorney Ross Denison has committed his career to defending the rights and goals of men and women facing criminal charges in Oregon. With Ross as your attorney, you will not stand alone and your side of the story will be told. If you have been charged with a theft-related crime, contact Ross anytime.
A simple theft charge can be elevated to Robbery if the person uses or threatens to use physical force to achieve the theft. It can become a Burglary charge if the person unlawfully enters a building with intent to commit the theft. A number of factors, including the victim's age and the type of property stolen, can serve to aggravate and make more serious the charge of theft. In addition, the crime of Identity Theft can be committed by using another’s personal identification with the intent to deceive or defraud.
On top of severe criminal penalties, theft charges and convictions carry with them a stigma that can be hard to deal with and overcome. Given the common misconception that theft is generally motivated by dishonesty, employers can be hesitant to hire workers with thefts on their records and landlords can think twice before renting to people with theft convictions.
Based in Portland, Ross Denison represents clients throughout the tri-county area and surrounding Oregon communities, including Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Hood River County, and Columbia County.
To fight your theft charge and explore other options and solutions, contact Ross Denison Law today.