Any type of criminal charge, even one as seemingly minor as theft, can affect your personal life, career and finances.
So, if you’re charged with theft, it’s critical to understand the details of your case, as well as the defense strategy you can use to prevent a conviction.
Since no two cases are the same, no two people charged with this crime will use the exact same defense strategy. However, here are some basics to consider:
- Right of ownership: With this, you must prove that the property belongs to you, not the person you took it from. Just the same, it’s possible there may have been a misunderstanding between you and the other individual in regards to who is the owner of the property.
- Entrapment: This defense strategy is best if you were induced to commit a crime that you would not have committed on your own. For instance, another person may trick you into committing a theft with the idea of getting you into trouble.
- Return of property: Just because you return stolen property doesn’t mean you didn’t commit a crime. However, doing so improves the likelihood of a plea deal or a lesser penalty handed down by the court, such as community service instead of a large fine. It’s also a good way to demonstrate that you never intended to permanently deprive anyone of their property in the first place.
As you learn more about your charges, you’ll come to find that one theft defense strategy is better for you than the rest. You can then turn all your attention to this strategy and ensure that you’re doing your part in avoiding a conviction and the penalties associated with it.