Grand larceny is one of the most serious crimes you could ever be accused of. There are various ways it could happen to you. For example, your employer may believe you falsified records to put money in your own pocket (embezzlement). You may also be accused of failing to do work you were paid to do. Or you could be accused of stealing the property directly.
Any time you steal or are accused of stealing more than $1000 in property you are in danger of being convicted for grand larceny. You need a strong defense from a qualified and experienced criminal lawyer if you’re going to protect your freedom.
#1) Identifying Weaknesses in the Prosecution’s Case
Sometimes the evidence being used to convict you is just weak, and if you have a qualified attorney on your side it’s easy to poke holes in a bad case. We launch a thorough investigation to make sure we can find the witnesses and evidence that can clear you if you are innocent of the crime.
One of the most common scenarios we encounter when someone is wrongfully accused is a situation in which there was some sort of a misunderstanding, or in which you might have had stolen property in your possession but didn’t know it was stolen. To secure a grand larceny conviction the prosecution must prove that you intended to steal the property. If we can prove this was not the case we can often get the charges dropped.
#2) Helping you Navigate Your Options
If the prosecution has a strong case it may be time to evaluate other options. We may be able to get your charges reduced, or preserve your freedom by convincing the judge to offer you an alternative to jail. For example in some cases you may be ordered to pay restitution, put on probation and made to attend certain programs to address mental health or other issues which might have prompted the crime.
To do this we would have to look at any mitigating factors in the crime, and make a case on your behalf. This can be an uphill battle as it’s usually an easier or safer move for a judge to impose prison time. It’s not the kind of battle you want to leave to a public defender.
No matter what your situation is, putting an experienced grand larceny lawyer on your side is your best bet.
Being charged with theft can change your life, and rarely for the better. Hiring an experienced criminal attorney is the best way to protect your life and freedom. If you’re in trouble with the law, contact us. We can help.