Criminal defense to protect your rights
Any criminal conviction on your record can make it difficult to get the right job or get approved for the best place to live. Since criminal records are so easy to access, a conviction could even interfere with your personal relationships.
A conviction for theft or burglary is even more damaging because it can make people reluctant to trust you. The effects can be long-lasting.
To protect your future opportunities, talk to the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. to find out how we could help you fight the charges.
Different Types of Theft May Be Treated Differently
All theft crimes involve taking property wrongfully. The traditional term for this offense is larceny. Maryland recognizes many different types of theft crimes, and some of them are punished differently. For instance, embezzlement involves a breach of trust, and for that reason, courts often impose a more stringent penalty.
Theft crimes could involve:
- Larceny by trick
- Receiving stolen property
Those convicted face fines and potential jail time, but also may be required to pay back money or return property to the owner.
Burglary Can Be Charged as a Misdemeanor or Felony
Someone may be found guilty of burglary even if they do not take any property. Just entering a building belonging to someone else can lead to a charge of burglary if someone claims you had no right to be there. If there’s an allegation that you entered a building with an intent to commit a crime, then the burglary charge becomes even more serious.
You may be able to fight a charge of burglary by showing that you had permission to be on the premises, so collecting evidence is crucial to build a solid defense.
Contact a Skilled Theft Defense Lawyer in Prince George’s County
You do not want theft crimes or burglary offenses on your record. The experienced legal team at the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. could devise a strategy to fight the charges and reach a positive outcome in your case to protect your future. Call us today to learn more.