What Happens if You Are Charged with Theft in Oklahoma
According to 21 OK Stat § 21-1701 (2014), theft is defined as “the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof.” If an Oklahoma court determines you are guilty of theft, you may be subject to harsh penalties, depending on the category of theft. Here’s what you need to know if you’re being accused of stealing.
Penalties for a Petit Theft Conviction
Petit theft is the lowest theft classification in Oklahoma. You may be charged with petit theft if you have stolen something worth less than $500. If convicted, you may be sentenced to a maximum of 6 months in jail and have to pay maximum fines of $500.
Penalties for a Grand Theft Conviction
Grand theft refers to larceny involving property valued at more than $500 and is considered a felony in Oklahoma. If you are convicted of grand theft, the consequences are much more painful. First of all, you will have to pay restitution and repay the owner of the stolen property for any damages and losses and occurred because of the theft. If you are found guilty of stealing property worth more than $500, the court may also fine you a maximum of $5,000 and put you in a state prison for 1-5 years.
Additional Consequences of Being Convicted of a Theft Crime
For starters, your criminal record will follow you around for a long time. It can keep you from advancing in your workplace, prevent you from borrowing money you may need (such as mortgages, credit cards, school loans), associate you with undesirable social stigma, and be limiting in multiple other respects.
If you have stolen something from a vendor, you may be on the hook to pay for the stolen item, perform community service, and compensate the retailer for all their legal fees. The court also reserves the right to order punitive damages, which typically take the form of considerable fines, in order to warn other potential shoplifters.
You may receive stricter punishments if you receive theft convictions, even if your subsequent thefts are of a lesser degree than the first.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tulsa When Charged with Theft
When it comes to larceny charges, there are a variety of reasons you may need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. You may need someone to represent you in court, help you fight false charges, work with you to expunge old charges from your criminal record, or convince the court to minimize fines and jail time associated with your theft charges. Regardless of which camp you fall into or what sort of theft you’re being charged with, let Saint & Watzke, PLLP be your representatives. We serve the Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, and Creek County areas and are prepared to begin building your case and helping you as soon as possible.
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