Theft Crimes Defense Attorney

Atlanta Theft Crimes Defense Attorney

There are multiple types of theft crimes under the Georgia Code. In Georgia, the most popular theft crime that exists today is Theft by shoplifting.

Under Georgia Law, A person commits the offense of theft by shoplifting when he, with the intent of appropriating merchandise to his own use without paying for the same or to deprive the owner of possession thereof or of the value thereof, in whole or in part, does any of the following:

(1) Conceals or takes possession of the goods or merchandise of any store or retail establishment;

(2) Alters the price tag or other price marking on goods or merchandise of any store or retail establishment;

(3) Transfers the goods or merchandise of any store or retail establishment from one container to another;

(4) Interchanges the label or price tag from one item of merchandise with a label or price tag for another item of merchandise; or

(5) Wrongfully causes the amount paid to be less than the merchant's stated price for the merchandise.


Atlanta Burglary Defense Attorney

In Georgia, burglary is broken down into two categories: burglary in the first degree and burglary in the second degree.
Burglary in the first degree.

 A person commits the offense of burglary in the first degree when, without authority and with the intent to commit a felony, he or she enters or remains within any building, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, aircraft, or other structure designed for use as the home of another.

Burglary in the second degree

Burglary in the second degree occurs when, without authority and with the intent to commit a felony, he or she enters or remains within a building, structure, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, or aircraft.

The main differences between a first degree and second degree charge of burglary is that in order for a first degree offense to occur the structure or building that is broken into must be used as a dwelling or as a person's home.
  
There are three main defenses to defeating a theft charge in Georgia. Typically, a person who successfully defeats a theft charge will show that he or she either:

(1) That person was unaware that the property or service was that of another;
(2) That he or she acted under an honest claim of right to the property or service involved or under a right to acquire or dispose of it as he did; or
(3)  That person took property or service exposed for sale intending to purchase and pay for it promptly or reasonably believing that the owner, if present, would have consented. 

A conviction of a theft crime in Georgia will most definitely hurt that persons chances on getting a decent job, especially a job that involves the use of money. If you or a loved one is facing an Atlanta theft crime charge, it is important that you hire a lawyer that will fight for your rights. Law Offices of Gilbert Sperling, III, will do everything in its power to ensure that you or your loved one receives a favorable resolution. Call our office today at 404-418-7816

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