Tenacious Representation for Clients Facing Misdemeanor and Felony Theft Charges
Serving the accused in Mississippi from offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch
Stealing a pack of gum or breaking into a jewelry store: vastly different versions of the same kind of crime. Because of that, defending a theft charge can be a fairly complex process, requiring the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney who is familiar with both Mississippi’s laws as well as the federal laws and regulations regarding stealing. At the Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch law offices of Taylor Jones Taylor, you’ll find aggressive, experienced attorneys who are prepared to protect your rights under the law.
Common theft charges
Though Taylor Jones Taylor takes on all manner of theft charges, they are often retained by client facing accusations of:
- Petit larceny
- Identity theft
- Receiving stolen property
The firm also handles federal cases involving white collar theft crimes such as embezzlement or extortion. The majority of thefts amounting to less than $500 in goods are charged as misdemeanors, provided there are no extenuating circumstances or additional charges associated with the alleged theft. If the property is worth more than $5000, you are likely to face felony charges. A felony conviction can cost you thousands of dollars and land you in prison, as opposed to jail, for years.
Accusations of carrying a weapon during a theft
There are few things more damaging to a theft charge than an enhancement penalty for having a deadly weapon on you. Simply having a deadly weapon on you can change how you are charged, because even if you never used the weapon the police and prosecutor will assume you intended to use it. Having a firearm adds five more years to your sentence if convicted, and can turn a misdemeanor charge into a felony charge. In Mississippi, an armed robbery conviction may send you to prison for the rest of your life without any parole. Other than literally killing another person during the commission of the crime, no theft charge is more serious than armed robbery.
Mississippi outlines very carefully what it considers to be a deadly weapon under the law, which leaves a bit of a gray area if, during an alleged theft, you and another person are involved in a physical altercation, or if one of you supposedly threatens the other with, for example, a baseball bat or even a ceramic lamp. But if you carry a Swiss Army knife on you at all times, and you are accused of theft charges while carrying that knife, you could find yourself facing felony charges. If that happens, you can rely on Taylor Jones Taylor to come to your aid swiftly and aggressively. The firm fights hard to have your charges and enhancements dropped completely, but is always prepared to defend your in trial if it becomes necessary. When only one of the toughest criminal defense lawyers in Mississippi will do, it’s time to contact Taylor Jones Taylor.
Creative defense strategies against misdemeanor and felony theft crimes
Taylor Jones Taylor has successfully represented people accused of theft crimes all over the northwest region of Mississippi. The attorneys make home and jail visits, and work closely with the accused and their families in their offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch. To retain the firm’s services, please call 662.253.5193 or fill out this contact form. The firm proudly serves Tupelo, Oxford, Cleveland, Batesville, Clarksdale and Grenada. How can we make your future safer today?