Shreveport Theft Crime Attorneys
Experienced Legal Counsel
With over 100 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Stroud, Carmouche & Buckle know how to build strategic defense cases against accusations of theft. If you have been charged with a theft crime, we can help you fight for a reduced sentencing or a case dismissal. Whether you were misidentified as a thief or simply made an impulsive mistake, we have numerous strategies at our disposal to defend your rights and freedom.
Our Shreveport theft crime lawyers represent clients facing charges for a range of theft-related crimes, including:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Receiving stolen property
- Writing bad checks
Theft Laws in Louisiana
According to La. Rev. Stat. §§ 14:67, theft occurs when an individual takes anything of value that belongs to another person with the intent to deprive that person of their property permanently. The taking will have happened either without the consent of the victim or by means of fraudulent actions. There are many theft offenses that fall under this catch-all definition, including larceny, embezzlement, and robbery. However, Louisiana theft laws also contain statutes for specific types of offenses.
Examples of specific types of theft offenses in Louisiana include:
- Identity theft
- Credit card theft
- Theft of firearms
- Theft of motor vehicles
- Theft of timber
- Theft of livestock
- Theft of petroleum products
- Theft of utility services
Classification & Penalties of Theft Crimes
The state of Louisiana takes a slightly different approach than most states when it comes to classifying theft crimes. While many states divide offenses into misdemeanors and felonies based on the type of theft, Louisiana does not classify a theft offense as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Rather, the law sets forth a potential sentence for each offense. If the crime carries a sentence of death or imprisonment with or without hard labor, it is considered a felony. Theft crimes that do not qualify as felonies are classified as misdemeanors.
The penalties for theft crimes in Louisiana are based on the value of the stolen property and include:
- Less than $1,000 – up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000
- $1,000 to $5,000 – up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $3,000
- $5,000 to $25,000 – up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000
- $25,000 or more – up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000
If an offender has previous theft convictions, it can result in more severe penalties for certain types of theft. For example, if a person commits misdemeanor theft by taking property valued at less than $1,000, they could face up to 2 years in prison and a fine of $2,000.
Contact Us Today
If you have been accused of theft, contact the law office of Stroud, Carmouche & Buckle immediately. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can begin formulating a strong defense against your charges.
Our Shreveport theft crime attorneys can help you fight to avoid the consequences of a theft conviction. Call (318) 217-8455 today to schedule a free consultation.