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If you find yourself facing theft accusations in Kinston, the process can be overwhelming and stressful. In this situation, you’ll want to hire a seasoned defense attorney. Our team of dedicated theft defense lawyers at Strickland Agner Pittman can help you navigate through this difficult process.
North Carolina law categorizes theft crimes as either misdemeanors or felonies, and our team is equipped to handle both types of cases. We can work tirelessly to develop an effective defense strategy that protects your rights and argues for mitigated charges. Our goal is to pursue the most favorable outcome possible for you, and we have the skill and determination to work towards it.
Get in touch with our theft crimes lawyers in Kinston today by dialing (919) 893-0090 or sending us a message online.
What Is the Difference Between Theft & Larceny?
In North Carolina, theft is also referred to as larceny and is considered a criminal offense. Larceny involves taking another person's property with the intention of denying the rightful owner access to their belongings.
When Is Theft a Felony?
Larceny is a criminal offense that is taken seriously in North Carolina. The severity of the penalty is based on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. Generally, larceny is considered to be a felony, but some types of theft can be classified as "petty misdemeanors."
According to N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-72(a), “larceny of goods of the value of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is a Class H felony.” Depending on certain factors, a Class H felony can include four to eight months in jail. However, larceny is considered a felony regardless of the value of the stolen property under specific conditions.
These conditions include:
- If the property was taken from someone's person
- If the stolen property was a firearm or, explosive device; or
- If the property stolen was any record or paper in the custody of the state archives; or
- If the theft included breaking and entering
We Can Help You Fight Your Charges
If you have been arrested for a theft crime, you need help. Our Kinston theft crimes attorneys at Strickland Agner Pittman know the ins and outs of the system. We can utilize our extensive knowledge and experience to create a defense suited for you.
To schedule a case evaluation, call our Kinston team at (919) 893-0090 or contact us online to learn more.
Will my case go to trial?
Not all criminal cases go to trial. In fact, many are resolved through plea deals or even dismissed by the prosecutor. A defense attorney can better help you figure out the course of your case if it can be resolved in a plea deal or does have to go to court.
What should I say to the police?
Nothing! While it’s important to cooperate with the police (such as taking a required urine or breath test at a DWI stop), you should not say anything to the police, because they might use your own words to incriminate you later if you confess. Before speaking to the police, first consult your lawyer about what you should and should not say.
Should I use my Miranda Rights if I'm arrested?
Yes. You should always exercise your right to remain silent, because law enforcement may ask incriminating questions to use your own words against you.
Do I need an attorney if I am innocent?It is always a good idea to hire an attorney to resolve your case, especially if you are innocent. The stakes are much higher when you have been wrongfully accused, and only an experienced and skilled defense lawyer will know how to get you out of your wrongful charge and gather the evidence to prove it. After all, no one wants to be sitting in jail for something they didn’t do, and our firm is particularly passionate about achieving justice for the innocent.