A theft conviction in the state of Washington can have serious consequences, depending on the severity of the crime. A theft conviction can affect your ability to get a job or even find housing. This is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney like John L. Wheaton, Attorney at Law, to help you win your case.
Generally, the severity of a theft offense is based on the value of goods or services stolen. Third-degree theft is a gross misdemeanor and involves the theft of goods or services valued at seven hundred fifty dollars or less. Second-degree theft is a felony and involves the theft of goods or services worth more than seven hundred fifty dollars but less than five thousand dollars. Finally, first-degree theft is also a felony and involves the theft of items worth more than five thousand dollars. In the state of Washington, gross misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000, while the penalties for a felony can be much more severe than this.
If you have been charged with a theft offense in the state of Washington, it is very important that you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you in your case. John L. Wheaton, Attorney at Law, can take various actions that could improve the outcome of your case. For example, it may be possible to file a motion to have the judge prevent the prosecutor from presenting certain evidence in your case. In addition, Mr. Wheaton can negotiate with the prosecutor to try to reduce the charges that you are facing. Finally, Mr. Wheaton can represent you diligently if you decide to take your case to trial.
If you are in need of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, please call John L. Wheaton, Attorney at Law at 206-829-8214 to set up a consultation.