Burglary and Theft Defense Attorneys
Burglary, stealing and theft charges, commonly referred to as property offenses, are often mistakenly treated as trivial or unimportant offenses when in fact they should be taken quite seriously.
Many people are unaware that property offenses often affect an individual’s ability to obtain employment, and can also result in increased penalties for later offenses. Under Missouri law, in some circumstances, a person with two previous stealing-related convictions may be charged with a felony on his or her third or subsequent offense.
- When is stealing a misdemeanor and when is stealing a felony?
Most often, stealing is a felony when the value of the item(s) stolen exceeds $500.00. Still, the actual charge will depend on the specific facts of each case.
If you have been charged with a property offense, there are important steps you should take to protect your legal interests, and sometimes it will be possible to plead to an amended offense in order to avoid some of the stricter penalties that property offenses can carry with them.