In a general sense, the crime of theft refers to taking someone else’s property. If you don’t have a clear understanding of the nuances of situations in which you could be accused of theft, however, you could face serious problems with your criminal defense if you’re suddenly charged.
You might think that what happened was a misunderstanding or not theft at all, but this is a big mistake to assume. You need a lawyer on your side to help you.
Theft in the state of Connecticut may also be referred to as larceny and it occurs when an individual is accused of wrongfully obtaining, taking or withholding another person’s property with the primary purpose of depriving that owner of the property. There are many different classifications of theft under Connecticut laws including, conversion of a motor vehicle, embezzlement, theft of services, taking property by fraudulently using an ATM, taking property that was delivered by mistake or lost, taking property by false premise or false pretenses, theft of utility service and theft of motor fuel. Theft is classified as either a felony or misdemeanor through Connecticut law based on the dollar value of the property involved in the theft.
The cases can go from larceny in the 6th degree to larceny in the 1st degree. A shoplifting offense committed in Connecticut will typically be classified under the general theft statues in the punishment system for that.
Additional considerations might come in to discussions when it comes to shoplifting, particularly if the shoplifter might be held civilly liable for store owners. If you have been accused of shoplifting or any other type of theft, you need to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer who will assist you with understanding the possible consequences of being accused of any theft allegation. The sooner that you get support from a lawyer, the easier it will be for you to understand the consequences and the best way to fight back.