Boston Theft Crime Lawyer
Any behavior that qualifies as taking someone's property without consent with the intent to purposefully deny the owner access to that property can be considered a theft crime. In our state, there are numerous types of theft crimes that you can be charged with. These criminal offenses range from misdemeanor to felony charges and the potential punishments will vary depending on the circumstances of the theft. Theft of any property that is valued below $250 will be considered a misdemeanor, and above $250 will be treated as a felony.
In accordance with crime statistics over the last decade, there typically are more than 3,000 burglary and attempted burglaries committed during a one-year time period in Boston. There are well over 2,000 robberies and attempted robberies during the course of a year in Boston, and over 16,000 larcenies and attempted larcenies as well. Vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft are also common crimes committed throughout the city, and an average of 39.79 thefts are committed per 10,000 residents.
Types of Theft Crimes in Massachusetts
The general provisions and penalties can be found in Massachusetts Law §266.30 (2011), but each case is unique and carries with it different consequences.
In the past, this criminal act involved entering a dwelling at night with the intent to commit a felony. Today, however, the definition of burglary has been expanded to include the breaking and entering of any building (not just a dwelling) at any time with the intent to commit a felony. Burglary can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
Larceny over $250
Larceny is simply another word for theft. It is defined as stealing from or defrauding from another unlawfully for the purpose of taking their property without the intention of returning it. Theft of any amount over $250 will be treated as a felony. Larceny can be committed by check, stealing, false pretenses, embezzlement, taking a motor vehicle, and through other means.
Robbery is defined by Massachusetts law as the illegal taking of property from another person by violence or intimidation. Robbery charges can be elevated to armed robbery when the theft is committed with a weapon, and aggravated robbery charges occur when a person inflicts bodily harm on another while committing the robbery.
This criminal act is defined as the act of taking or carrying merchandise away from a store without paying for it. One can be accused of shoplifting for concealing merchandise, transferring merchandise to another container, removing a shopping cart from a store premises and for removing or switching labels or price tags. The penalties for shoplifting depend on the value of the stolen goods, and can be charged as a larceny when the value of the stolen goods exceeds $100.
Were you accused of stealing?
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you can face serious penalties if convicted. Theft crimes carry serious consequences, including fines, restitution to the victim, community service, probation and jail time. If you already have a criminal record, your sentencing may be enhanced as well. The circumstances surrounding the theft can also affect the severity of sentencing, depending on if a weapon was used or if anyone was physically harmed during the crime.
If you have been charged with a felony, we will do our utmost to have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor or dropped altogether. Because of our law enforcement experience, we will be able to knowledgeably challenge the evidence brought against you and investigate any faulty police procedures. Our team of dedicated Boston criminal defense attorneys know what to look for in building your case for defense, and we have extensive experience in executing that strategy in both state and federal courtrooms.