No one ever hopes to be the victim of theft, or to be accused of committing such a terrible crime against another person. Theft crimes are heavily punished in the state of Oregon and could land you in jail or prison if you are convicted. ORS § 164.015 defines "theft" as taking, obtaining, or withholding property from its rightful owner. This includes theft by deception or extortion, and also includes theft of lost, mislaid, or improperly delivered property.
Portland sees a high rate of theft every year, as shown in theft crime statistics provided by City-Data.com. The least of these offenses is shoplifting, which is generally penalized with restitution and a fine. More serious offenses include robbery, which involves assaulting an individual and taking property from their person, and burglary, which involves illegal entrance into a building or a person's home with the intent to commit a crime inside (usually theft).
Convictions for such offenses can range from a misdemeanor to a serious felony. If you are facing charges, the most important thing you can do is to hire a Portland criminal defense attorney to fight your theft crime charges. Otherwise, you could face a heavy fine and possible time in jail and prison. Theft convictions also leave an ugly mark on your criminal record that may prevent you from getting a job or from holding any position of trust or responsibility in the future. Get excellent legal representation today by contacting my criminal defense firm.
As a seasoned trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of defense cases, I can provide the best possible results for your case. Call today to speak with me and learn more about my firm and how I can help. I prepare each case thoroughly in order to stay ahead of the prosecution and win a reduction or dismissal of your charges. You cannot afford to wait when it comes to hiring a defense attorney, so contact my offices today!