I Will Fight To Protect You Against Theft Charges
I have represented clients facing theft charges in Brainerd and greater Crow Wing County for nearly 30 years. Drawing from my experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I am able to assess a case and determine the best course of action. I work diligently not only to keep clients out of jail, but with the goal of ensuring their reputations and their futures remain intact.
A Small Theft Can Have Major Implications
In Minnesota, theft convictions carry serious consequences. If you are charged with a felony, you may face mandatory imprisonment and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Even misdemeanor charges — which correspond with relatively minor violations, such as low-level shoplifting — can lead to jail time and considerable financial penalties.
There are also other consequences. Those convicted often suffer damage to their reputations, and become isolated from their families and communities. Likewise, having a criminal record can make it difficult to find employment.
Can My Charges Be Reduced? Dismissed?
Whether you stand accused of burglary, shoplifting or another theft-related crime, an experienced lawyer is imperative to your defense. I will fight to reduce the charges you face. Wherever possible, I will seek to have your charges dismissed.
A variety of options have been instituted to lessen the penalties associated with theft. A plea bargain can lessen an individual’s punishment. Settling out of court can keep your conviction off official records. Diversion programs — which include performing community service — can be an effective means by which to have violations expunged from your record.