Virginia Theft Crimes Attorneys
Protecting Clients Against Theft Charges in Northern Virginia
For nearly a decade, the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall has represented clients facing theft charges in the Northern Virginia area. Our knowledge of the law, combined with our experience dealing with area courts, judges and prosecutors, allows us to help clients mount a defense against a wide range of theft charges, including:
- Grand larceny
- Receipt of stolen goods
- Unauthorized use of property
Misdemeanor or Felony Theft?
In Virginia, the difference between a misdemeanor and felony theft charge is very slim. In many cases, whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony can literally come down to a few cents:
Individuals who take property valued at under $200 are often charged with misdemeanor theft.
Individuals who take property valued at over $200 are often charged with felony theft.
This means that if you are accused of shoplifting a pair of jeans worth just $201, you are likely to face felony charges and increased penalties upon a conviction. We represent clients facing both misdemeanor and felony theft offenses; we have a strong track record of effectively combating these charges.
Take Action to Protect Your Future Against Theft Convictions
Despite the popular belief of many young adults, theft is not a game or a joke. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony theft charge, you may face a wide range of penalties, including fines, jail time, probation and community service.
Fortunately, a theft charge doesn’t have to spell disaster. Our attorneys provide the guidance you need to explore all of your defense options, in:
A Plea Deal
Negotiating a plea deal may be the most effective strategy for limiting the penalties stemming from a theft conviction. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating favorable plea deals on behalf of our clients. Our assertive approach and working relationships with area prosecutors allow us to negotiate from a position of strength, which may lead to a reduction of your charges or penalties.
If a favorable plea deal isn’t possible, we’ll take your case to a judge or jury trial. During the trial, the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Disputing the evidence, such as conflicting witness statements, inaccurate financial statements or blurry recordings, applies pressure on the prosecution to meet that burden. By applying this pressure and making sure your full story is heard and considered by the judge or jury, we help you pursue a favorable judgment.
Depending on the nature of your alleged crime, the value of the property in question and the location of the offense, you may be eligible to participate in an alternative sentencing program. Following the completion of all the program’s requirements, such as good behavior for 12 months or attending a shoplifters’ prevention class, you may seek removal of the conviction from your criminal record. If a program is available in your unique situation, we’ll do everything possible to convince the court of your eligibility and commitment to its successful completion.
Mounting a Defense Against Theft Charges
To build an effective defense against theft charges, our attorneys conduct a thorough examination of every aspect of your case, including:
Theft charges are commonly based on the testimony of a witness, often the victim themselves. We review witness statements to search for any inconsistencies, oversights or errors. Any doubt regarding witness statements can be used to mount your defense.
Modern technology has led to an increase in photographic or video evidence in theft cases. If such evidence exists, our attorneys review the images or footage for accuracy, clarity and veracity. If the evidence is questionable or does not clearly show your face, it may not be as damaging as the prosecution might hope.
Law enforcement officers must adhere to set standards and procedures when investigating a theft claim or making an arrest. Deviations from these standards or procedures may make your arrest unconstitutional. We review the actions of law enforcement officers during all phases of your case to search for issues with procedure or standards.
The Property in Question
The actual value of the property in question impacts the type of charge you face. We investigate the real property taken and conduct research into the true value of the item or items to ensure the accuracy of the charges filed in your case.
The information and evidence obtained during our investigation are used to protect your future during court trials, plea negotiations and alternative sentencing program requests.
Discuss Your Defense Options during a Consultation with an Attorney
The Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall offers judgment-free defense representation to clients charged with theft in Northern Virginia. Our experience handling theft cases allows us to help you understand and explore all your defense options.