If you have been charged with petit theft, 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.
What is Petit Theft ("Petty Theft")?
Petit (or Petty) Theft is the theft of property or money that has a low dollar value, usually $1,000 or less. Petit theft is a misdemeanor in Idaho and is punishable by a fine of no more than $1,000 or a maximum of one year in jail.
Consequences Of A Conviction For Petit Theft
Although this offense is a misdemeanor pursuant to Idaho Code §18-2407, a conviction can carry a sentence of up to $1000 in fines and up to one year in jail (See: Idaho Code §18-2408). However, a conviction can have serious short and long term consequences beyond those punishments ordered by the court, potentially affecting your 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 appear on any 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.
Petty theft is considered a "crime of moral turpitude" and can prevent you from obtaining professional licenses and certifications. This may also prevent you from getting Federal Student Loans for education.
Fight Your Petit Theft Charge
Do not let a theft conviction follow you around for the rest of your life! Let me fight to keep you out of jail and keep a theft conviction off your record!
An experienced Idaho theft crimes attorney can fight the charge and keep it off your record. Every theft case is different and William Young scrutinizes the facts of every case to see if the prosecutor really has enough evidence to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If not, we can challenge the evidence in court, get the case dropped, or win the case at trial.
Even if the evidence is overwhelming, we can fight to try and get the charge reduced or limit the punishment to community service and/or probation.
Call Me To Discuss Your Case
If you are charged with Petit Theft in Idaho, you need a lawyer that will fight to protect your rights. Call me today for a free consultation!