Morgantown Theft Defense Lawyers Protect Your Rights
We defend against burglary, larceny and embezzlement charges
The Morgantown law firm of Angotti & Straface, L.C. has helped West Virginians defend against charges of theft since 1952. We understand the stakes involved in a theft conviction. To minimize penalties, we fully research the facts in your case and probe the evidence against you. With nearly 60 years of combined legal experience and extensive time in courtrooms, our litigation skills can help you see a brighter future.
In West Virginia, theft or larceny involves the unlawful taking of property belonging to someone else with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. A criminal attorney from our firm with the knowledge and skills honed by years of experience in theft cases can provide you with a carefully crafted defense.
We handle a broad range of theft offenses
At Angotti & Straface, we routinely handle theft cases that involve the following crimes:
- Burglary. Burglary is a felony offense, punishable by imprisonment for one to 15 years. If a person entered without breaking in during the daytime, the crime is punishable by imprisonment for one to 10 years.
- Grand larceny. Grand larceny is a felony when goods taken are valued at more than $1,000. If guilty, an individual faces imprisonment for one to 10 years or, at the discretion of the court, jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Petit larceny. Simple or petit larceny occurs when a person takes property valued at less than $1,000. Conviction of this misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines.
- Shoplifting. A first conviction for shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $500 incurs a fine of up to $250. If the merchandise is valued at more than $500, punishments include a fine of $100 to $500 and/or jail time of up to 60 days.
- Embezzlement. Embezzlement, a form of white collar crime, is considered by West Virginia law to be a larceny offense.
- Fraud. Obtaining money, property and services by false pretenses is a form of larceny and is subject to the same punishments.
- Theft of service. Unlawful acquisition of cable service, for example, is a misdemeanor in West Virginia, punishable by a fine of $100 to $250 for a first-time offense. Repeated offenses escalate the fines. Intentional disruption of a public utility or communications service resulting in property loss valued at $1,000 or more is also unlawful. A first-time offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by court-approved community service of 2,000 hours and/or up to a $10,000 fine. A second-time offense is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
A theft lawyer from our firm can give you the personal attention and exemplary service you need and deserve. We offer our clients experienced legal advice and the confidence of knowing that they are in good hands.
Accused of theft? Speak with a West Virginia theft lawyer in a free initial consultation.
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown offers individuals accused of larceny, burglary, embezzlement and fraud solid criminal defense in state and federal courtrooms. Call us around the clock at 304-212-7368 or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation. We can provide Spanish translation services if needed.