Stealing Charges: Theft, Burglary, & Robbery

Stealing charges and related offenses are some of the most common cases we defend. That does not, however, mean any two cases are the same. We have the experience to mount your defense no matter which of the stealing offenses you are facing.

 

Stealing

 

Stealing is the most common within this very common set of cases. In Missouri, stealing is taking something without the owner’s consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of it for good. Stealing may also be charged based on depriving someone of services or property by coercion or deceit. While stealing charges are often misdemeanors, there are many ways in which stealing can be charged as a felony.

 

People are too often put under the impression that misdemeanors are not a big deal. It is true that misdemeanors do not have the same severe consequences as felonies, however, they are not without consequence. Stealing charges are considered by employers, schools, and can destroy a reputation. Do not be complacent when it comes to such a charge. We try cases; if you have a stealing case that needs a strong defense or needs to go to trial, call us right now.

Burglary

 

Burglary in the second degree is trespass (unlawful entry or remaining unlawfully) with the intent to Burglar silhouettecommit a crime in a home or building. Second degree burglary is a D felony, which means it carries up to seven years in prison. First degree burglary, means someone is home during the burglary, someone is hurt or threatened, or someone who is committing the burglary is armed. This is a B felony, which means it carries up to fifteen years in prison.

 

Regardless of the degree, burglary charges are taken incredibly seriously because they generally involve entering someone’s home.

 

Robbery

 

Robbery is using force to steal from someone and causing injury, this constitutes second degree robbery. First degree robbery is forcibly stealing and causing serious injury or using a weapon or the threat of a weapon. It is common to hear phrases like “a house was robbed,” but as you can see, generally it is people who are robbed, and houses are burglarized. Missouri recently added an exception to this general rule, stealing controlled substances from a pharmacy is now considered “robbery.”

 

Defending stealing charges

 

Often, and unfortunately, stealing charges are the result of substance abuse or mental health issues. However, there are a myriad of ways someone could end up with these charges. Whatever the cause for the charges, the attorneys at Sartorius Kirsch have the experience and trial skills to defend you, no matter what stealing charge you or your loved one are facing. Call us as soon as you want to launch your strong defense.