Wichita Theft Crime Defense Lawyers
Serving the Accused in Sedgwick County & throughout South Central Kansas
A theft conviction on your record can lead to serious consequences beyond jail time and fines. Because theft is viewed as dishonesty, a future employer or landlord may be reluctant to approve an application if a conviction appears on a background check. You may also have to provide restitution to the victim of theft, whether it is a retail store, other type of business, or an individual.
At Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt, we understand what you are up against with any theft allegation, and we will work vigorously on your behalf to help you avoid a conviction or reduce the charges or penalties. Our Wichita theft crime defense attorneys are fully knowledgeable concerning the laws, court procedures, and how to negotiate with prosecutors or present a compelling case in court.
Theft Laws in Kansas
Theft involves permanently depriving another of his or her property or possessions.
Under Kansas law, theft can be committed in the following ways:
- Fraud or deceit
- Unauthorized control
Obtaining or possessing stolen property with the knowledge that it has been stolen is also considered theft under Kansas law.
Penalties of a Conviction
The severity level in a theft case is determined by the value of the goods or services stolen. The lowest level of theft is charged as a Class A misdemeanor for property valued at less than $1,000. This offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Passing bad checks is also included in this offense.
Theft of property or services valued at $1,500 to $25,000 is charged as a Severity Level 9 felony punishable by 5 to 17 months prison sentence and/or a fine of up to $100,000. Theft of property or services valued between $25,000 and $100,000 is charged as a Severity Level 7 felony punishable by 11 to 34 months of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $100,000. Theft of property or services valued above $100,000 is charged as a Severity Level 5 felony punishable by 31 to 136 months in prison and a fine of up to $300,000. When the defendant has previous convictions, the charge may be elevated and the penalties enhanced.
Defending Your Rights and Seeking Your Best Interests
Regardless of how you are charged, Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt is here to provide you with quality representation aimed at obtaining the best possible case result. We will be with you at every stage of the case to fight for your rights and provide the support you need.
Schedule a free consultation today at (316) 665-7227.