A Simple Theft Can Change Your Life Forever
If you’ve been charged with, or are under investigation for, theft, fraud or forgery, you need to take it seriously. Don't assume that a theft "citation" will be treated like a traffic citation. Theft has become a significant national problem and legislators have responded swiftly with stiff new penalties that have far-reaching consequences. Convictions for acts of dishonesty, even if not felonies, are one of the first things that employers look for in a background check. As a result, many people are being fired or losing employment opportunities for even minor crimes involving dishonesty.
Property crimes carry a stigma of dishonesty that will follow you the rest of your life. A conviction that shows up on a background check may prevent you from holding a professional license, a job, an apartment, a security clearance or even entry into the military or college. There's also the potential for jail time, fines and the immediate deportation of non-citizens.
Don’t make any assumptions about what will happen to you just because you have no criminal record, even first time offenders are getting hammered in the current law-and-order environment. Act promptly to protect your freedom. Please contact us immediately for your free initial consultation to discuss how to fight your case with an experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyer on your side.
The Government Has to Prove Your Intent
Theft cases require the government to prove criminal intent. This means that they have to prove not only that you took something, but also what was in your mind at the time of the taking. Was it an accidental taking, or a simple act of borrowing? Was it inadvertent because you forgot you were carrying it? We know how to effectively challenge evidence of intent in any type of theft or fraud case, from the simplest petty theft to the residential burglary and the most complex federal conspiracy for wire fraud. Examples of cases that we handle include:
- Petty or grand theft
- Residential burglary
- Federal Conspiracy for Wire or Mail Fraud
- Fraud: mortgage, credit card, securities, investment, insurance, mail
- Identity Theft
Do Not Wait to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of these types of offenses. The stakes are much higher than they may seem and there is significant pressure to get tough on white collar criminals. Don’t become an example case for the court; act quickly to protect your interests. As experienced "white collar" criminal defense lawyers, we know how to fight these cases. Contact Perez & Perez Law, PLLC for a free consultation.
Perez & Perez Law, PLLC represents everyday people facing extraordinary circumstances in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Everett, King County, Snohomish County, Pierce County and all across Washington State.