If you’ve been accused of theft in the state of Washington, your future freedom, reputation, and employment opportunities are all at stake. Theft can include an impulsive instance of shoplifting, a white collar crime of fraud or embezzlement, and even armed robbery. Whether the matter is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends in part on the amount of the theft as well as the nature of the act, either way you will need a skilled Tacoma Theft Crime Lawyer on your side.
If you’re facing any of these serious charges, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed, with high levels of stress and anxiety. You may fear for your future, your job, and worry about how the charge will affect your family. Your concern is understandable. A theft conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to find good jobs, attend school, and create a cloud of suspicion that follows you wherever you go.
Sometimes when a theft has occurred, it’s hard to determine who’s actually at fault, leading to the possibility of false accusations, wrongful arrests, and even an inappropriate conviction of an innocent person, a travesty of justice that should never happen.
There are a number of crimes that are considered “theft crimes” including robbery, burglary, auto theft, and theft. The most recent data available from 2014 shows that theft, including first, second, and third degree theft, is the most common theft crime, followed by burglary, auto theft, and robbery. A deeper look at Tacoma theft crimes shows us that theft occurs at a rate of almost double that of burglary.
Source: City Data Crime Statistics
In Washington State, burglary is defined by two elements of the crime: unlawful entry and criminal intent. Burglary charges can vary and include burglary in the first degree, residential burglary, and burglary in the second degree. First degree burglary, which is a class A felony, occurs when a person unlawfully enters a building with the intent to commit a crime and is armed with a deadly weapon or assaults a person. Residential burglary is a class B felony and means a burglary that took place in a residence. Second degree burglary is also a class B felony and means the defendant entered the building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime.
Robbery is slightly different in that it includes an element of violence. To be charged with second degree robbery, a person must unlawfully take personal property from another person or in his or her presence, using violence, threatened use of force, fear of injury to that person, their property, or to any person or property. Robbery in the second degree is a Class B Felony in Washington State and usually leads to up to 10 years in prison in addition to stiff fines. First degree robbery is a robbery offense that also means the defendant was armed with a deadly weapon, displayed a deadly weapon or firearm, inflicted bodily injury, or robbed a financial institution. If you or a loved one is charged with first degree robbery, it is a Class A Felony and could mean a sentence of life in prison. Mark Treyz is a trusted Tacoma theft crimes attorney with the skills needed for a strong legal defense.
It makes sense to get the best Tacoma criminal attorney you can, from the first hint that you will be accused. Mark Treyz is a good choice if you live in the Tacoma or Pierce County area. Mark has been practicing criminal law in Tacoma, Washington for 27 years, and as a former prosecutor and pro tem judge, he knows how the system works and how to maneuver through it to give you the best chance of avoiding jail time and a conviction, both of which can be significant obstacles to your future success.
If you’ve been arrested, questioned, or told that you may be in the future, call the Mark Treyz law office immediately. Every case is different, and we can’t promise a specific outcome in yours; but in general, the sooner Mark gets involved, the better the odds are that:
If your case does go to trial, Mark will use every means at his disposal to show the jury where there are holes in the prosecutor’s case, to cast doubt on the evidence against you, and build a reasonable theory of how the loss occurred, or make the jury aware of extenuating circumstances, creating a “reasonable doubt” that can prevent a conviction. His investigative skills and analytic ability, together with his years of experience working within the legal system and defending the accused, give Mark a distinct edge in getting the resolution you need.
You may qualify for the services of a public defender if your income is low. Public defenders are dedicated professionals who truly want to help their clients but putting your case, and your future, in the hands of an overworked public employee with too large a caseload to devote his or her full attention to investigating your case is seldom a good idea. The stakes are just too high to take a risk with a Tacoma defense lawyer who is spread too thin. Don’t gamble with your future. Call the Tacoma, Pierce County,Washington law office of Mark Treyz without delay, before you speak with the police or answer any questions.
Your initial consultation with attorney Mark Treyz is free, and we will be happy to work out a flexible payment plan, tailored especially for you, even if you can’t afford to pay a large retainer fee.