Experienced Albuquerque Attorneys Combat Theft Charges
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Theft is a crime that carries serious consequences. Depending on the value of the stolen goods, an accused thief may face steep fines and a long jail sentence. That is why it is crucial to consult a lawyer of proven skill to plan an effective defense. At Rasheed & Associates, P.C. in Albuquerque, we have demonstrated proficiency defending against theft charges. With extensive experience in Bernalillo, Valencia and Sandoval counties, we understand how to assess and contest the various elements of a theft case. Above all else, we protect our clients’ rights with an aggressive defense based on sound strategy.
Seasoned attorneys help clients fight theft charges in New Mexico
New Mexico defines theft as “the taking of anything valuable from another person without any intention of return.” In other words, theft is stealing anything of value from another person. Simple, nonviolent theft is known as larceny. But New Mexico has specific laws for particular types of theft, including shoplifting, identity theft and credit card fraud, as well as violent theft, such as robbery and armed robbery.
Larceny or theft laws apply whether the stolen goods are worth one dollar or a million dollars. But the type of theft offense depends upon the value of the goods stolen. The punishment scheme for theft in New Mexico has five fundamental levels:
- Misdemeanor petty theft — This applies to stolen property valued at $250 or less. The maximum sentence is $500 in fines and six months in jail.
- Misdemeanor theft — This applies to stolen property valued between $250 and $500. The maximum sentence is $1,000 in fines and 12 months in jail.
- Fourth-degree felony theft — This applies to stolen property valued between $500 and $2,500. This also applies to stolen firearms valued at less than $2,500. The maximum sentence is $5,000 in fines and 18 months in jail.
- Third-degree felony theft — This applies to stolen property valued between $2,500 and $20,000. This also applies to stolen livestock of all values. The maximum sentence is $5,000 in fines and 36 months in jail.
- Second-degree felony theft — This applies to stolen property valued at $20,000 or more. The maximum sentence is $10,000 in fines and 108 months in jail.
Given the severity of the penalty structure for theft crimes, with escalating fines and confinement periods, it is crucial to seek legal counsel from a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. At Rasheed & Associates, P.C., we provide effective guidance and design an appropriate defense strategy to combat all theft charges.
Contact an experienced New Mexico defense attorney for a free initial consultation on theft charges
If you face theft charges in New Mexico, Rasheed & Associates, P.C. can help you mount an aggressive defense to safeguard your rights. Call us at 505-847-5205 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation at our office in Albuquerque.