Theft Defense Attorneys
Portland Theft Criminal Defense Attorneys
Regardless of the type of charge, theft crimes can damage your life in many ways. Aside from the obvious penalties, a conviction to a theft crime can severely limit your employment opportunities. Many employers will conduct background checks, or ask you if you have committed a crime of dishonesty. If you have a conviction for theft on your record, it is likely that you will not be considered for a number of jobs.
No matter how minor or major the charge, if you have been accused of theft, you need a determined advocate working for you. The Beaverton law firm of Helzer & Cromar defends all types of criminal charges, including theft.
In Oregon, the severity of theft crimes is based on the value of the amount allegedly stolen. Stealing property valued at less than $100 is a Class A misdemeanor. Stealing property with a value between $100 and $1,000 is a Class C misdemeanor. Anything valued at more than $1,000 up to $10,000 is a Class C felony.
Exploring All Available Alternatives to Conviction
If there is little doubt to your guilt, a civil compromise with the victim may be a possibility. In a civil compromise, the victim of the crime and the perpetrator of the crime reach some kind of agreement. In theft cases, the agreement usually involves some kind of restitution. In exchange, the victim of the crime can request that the court dismiss the charges. Our law firm will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome to these allegations.
If you have previous theft arrests or misdemeanor theft convictions, you will be able to expunge your records. Our law firm can help you take these steps to clear your record.