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Theft Defense Lawyer In Maryland

Whether as a misdemeanor or a felony, a theft charge can be daunting. In Maryland, theft involves various actions, including petty theft, and understanding the nuances of the law is crucial. A criminal defense attorney can help you throughout the process by protecting your rights.

At Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney, we are respected due to our reputation and proven through trial. We serve clients in Prince George’s County, Charles County, Montgomery County and Howard County. With years of experience, we have acquired great relationships with the state and federal prosecutors and judges.

What Is Theft Under Maryland Law?

In Maryland, theft occurs when someone unlawfully takes or exercises control over another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of its use or benefit. It includes actions like:

  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud

The value of the stolen property and how it was taken will determine the charge’s severity. Petty theft involves lower-value items (lower than $1,500) and is classified as a misdemeanor offense. However, if the value of the stolen property is more than $1,500 or the crime involved aggravating factors, it may be considered felony theft.

Misdemeanor theft carries lighter penalties, such as fines and probation, while felony theft can result in significant imprisonment, heavier fines and long-term consequences on your record.

What To Do If Accused Of Theft

If you’re accused of theft, here are some steps to consider:

  • Invoke your right to remain silent, as anything you say can be used against you in court.
  • Avoid making confessions or admissions that could incriminate you.
  • Prepare for legal proceedings. A skilled defense attorney can assess your situation, advise you on the best course of action and represent your interests in court.

If you are facing theft charges, our experienced defense attorney can provide the necessary legal guidance, helping you to navigate the legal process effectively.

Let Us Back You Up

Our attorneys at Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney can handle complex theft cases and work towards a favorable outcome. We believe in robust defenses. Call 301-579-3429 today or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.