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Being accused of stealing something is a cause for serious concern. Even a minor theft can result in jail time and hefty fines, so if you’re accused you’ll need a legal team on your side to help fight the charges. If you live in Indianapolis, then the law firm you need on your side is Shircliff Law LLC. We understand the complexity that goes along with these charges and we’ll be there for you throughout the entire process. Call us at 317-279-4894.

What Is Theft?

Theft can be broken down into multiple types, but is loosely defined as purposefully and intentionally making use of property without authorization in an attempt to deprive someone of its value. In Indiana the severity of the charges is determined by the value of the items stolen (items being both physical belongings as well as intangible things like digital currency or ideas).

There is also consideration for special circumstances and repeat offenders as to how severe the punishment is.

Here are some examples of theft:

  • Using someone else’s property without express permission
  • Making false promises in order to gain access to property (fraud)
  • Using property in a way that the owner did not intend
  • Failing to identify a false trust if witnessed as a third party
  • By stating or acting in a way that is made to purposely deny someone the use of said property
  • Blatantly taking another person’s property out of hope of personal gain

Theft applies to things like intellectual property, ideas, inventions, and concepts, as well and the charge applied to the crime is determined as per the potential loss in monetary value. In other words how much the stolen idea would be worth.

Why Choose Us?

David Shircliff has over 20 years of experience handling theft and other criminal defenses and has a track record of success, producing positive results in over 200 cases. David and his team will work with you to understand the charges against you and work towards a positive outcome such as reduced penalties, shorter sentences, protecting professional licenses, and, if possible, getting you acquitted of the charges.

New clients can get a free consultation with David and the team to determine how we can best help you fight the charges and win back your freedom. No one should have to face down the legal system alone. Instead, get the legal experience you can trust, get Shircliff Law.

Types of Theft

Theft is a broad definition for a host of different crimes besides just stolen property. There are many crimes that fall under the umbrella of theft, such as:

  • Larceny
  • Grand larceny
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Property Theft
  • Receiving Stolen Goods
  • Forgery
  • Intellectual Theft
  • Patent Theft
  • Bribery
  • Extortion

In Indiana each of these crimes carries a range of penalties based on the damages that were incurred and the potential loss, so it is difficult to say just how severe the consequences can be. There are also other factors that contribute to the penalty you could face, such as multiple charges and criminal record that causes some charges to be more serious offenses (such as property theft being upgraded to a felony).

Let Shircliff Law LLC Help

Now that you understand a bit more about theft crimes and how these types of charges can impact your life, now you know how important a criminal defense attorney truly is. Don’t wait until it’s too late, send an email or call Shircliff Law LLC at 317-279-4894 today.