If you have been arrested and charged with theft offense, it is important that you understand the charges against you and what your legal rights are. Idaho's theft laws can be complex and severe. You should not try to take on the criminal justice system on your own.
A conviction for a theft crime can carry serious short and long term consequences affecting your freedom, employment, personal relationships, and reputation. A conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future employment, state licensing and other benefits.The conviction will still surface on background checks and employers tend to pass on applicants with theft records, fearing them to be dishonest and having the potential to steal from their companies.Additionally theft offenses are considered "crimes of moral turpitude." This means that licensing bodies may use this as a reason to deny licenses and certifications, such as a contractors license, a nursing license, or a real estate license. But there is hope. An experienced Idaho attorney can often help you defeat the charge and keep the matter off your record.
Do not let a theft conviction follow you around for the rest of your life! Many of those people charged are good, productive members of society. Some have been wrongfully accused while others have simply made an unfortunate mistake. Either way, you need a criminal defense attorney who will protect your future, your reputation, and your freedom.
Common Idaho Theft Crimes
"Theft" is defined under Idaho Code §18-2403 but their are many different types of offenses that classify as Theft Crimes.
Petty Theft Under Idaho Code §18-2407, Petty Theft is the stealing of property valued under $1000. This offense is a misdemeanor.
Grand Theft Under Idaho Code §18-2407, there are several ways someone can be guilty of Grand Theft:
- The most common is the stealing of property valued over $1000.
- The theft of a firearm.
- Theft by a public servant engaging in their duties.
- Theft of a public record.
- Theft of a check, money order, credit card, or bank card.
- Theft of property of any value through physical force.
- Theft of property of any value through extortion.
- Theft of livestock.
- A series of thefts that when added together exceed a value of $1000.
All Grand Theft charges are felonies and can lead to severe penalties.
Writing Bad Checks Under Idaho Code §18-3106 it is a felony to write a check while knowing that the account attached to that check does not contain sufficient funds.
Receiving Stolen Property Under Idaho Code §18-3127 it is a felony to be in possession of property that you know to be stolen.
Shoplifting Under Idaho Code § 18-4624 it is a crime to alter or remove tags from merchandise at a store for the purpose of purchasing the property at a lower price or attempting to steal the property.
Willful Concealment Under Idaho Code §18-4626 it is a crime to conceal goods with the permission of the store or merchant. This is very similar to shoplifting.
Robbery Under Idaho Code §18-6501 it is a felony to take the personal property of another, against their will, through the use or threat of physical force.
Burglary Under Idaho Code §18-1401 it is a felony to enter any property (home, store, etc.) with the intent to commit a theft or any felony therein.
Embezzlement A person who wrongfully steals or misappropriates property entrusted to him by the rightful owner.
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