Misdemeanor & Felony Stealing

Stealing is a common crime in the State of Missouri, but it can be punished harshly depending on the value of the items stolen and the circumstances surrounding the crime. If you are charged with misdemeanor or felony stealing in Missouri, you could face serious penalties including jail time, fines and restitution.

 

Theft Over $500/Theft Under $500

 

Depending on the value of the items stolen, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Typically, theft under $500 is charged as a misdemeanor or is considered to be “petty theft.” However, theft over $500 is charged as a felony and is considered to be “grand theft” and is prosecuted much more aggressively and punished more harshly.

 

Possession Of A Forged Instrument

 

Possession of a forged instrument – such as the possession of a stolen credit card or a forged check – is also a crime. If you are caught possessing such an instrument, you could face significant jail time and a criminal record for the rest of your life.

 

Shoplifting

 

Many people consider shoplifting to be a minor crime, but it isn’t in the eyes of the law. Being caught shoplifting is not only embarrassing, it will mar your record and cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

If you have been charged with theft of any kind, it is essential that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. I have the experience and resources you need to fight the charges against you. Call me today.

 

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