Many property crimes are misunderstandings: someone retrieves property he mistakenly believes belongs to him or someone honestly believes she had permission to use a credit card or to use business property. Even if there is no misunderstanding, you or your loved one needs competent counsel to advocate for you.
Property crimes range from simple theft to complicated embezzlement. They may also include vandalism and burglary. Fraud crimes include forgery, credit card fraud, and false pretenses.
These are serious crimes. You will need an attorney who treats your case like it's his only case.
Here are some potential consequences of a conviction:
• prison time (Department of Corrections)
• up to $2,500 in fines
• a permanent (non-expungable) criminal record
• the loss of your right to vote
• the loss of your right to own a firearm
• expensive and time-consuming programs
• community service
• drug and alcohol testing
• loss of employment or security clearance
If you, a friend, or a family member have been charged with any of these Virginia Code sections, call me so we can discuss your case. The telephone consultation is free:
18.2-95 Grand Larceny
18.2-96 Petit Larceny
18.2-195 Credit Card Fraud
18.2-178 False Pretenses