Theft & White-Collar Crime Lawyers in Joplin, MO & Miami, OK
Assistance with Complex Legal Matters
Property theft crimes or white-collar crimes can result in significant penalties. These can include hefty fines, misdemeanor charges, or serious felony charges. The loss of reputation and the stigma of having a criminal conviction on your record can impact your chances of securing employment, loans, or housing in the future. A professional criminal defense attorney can help you in seeking to overcome any allegations and regain your good standing.
The attorney you choose to represent you against a criminal accusation can have a dramatic impact on the outcome. That is why we recommend you turn to our team of experienced and aggressive defenders at Bennett & Gallon. We are backed by over 20 years of experience, which includes advocating for our clients before prosecutors, judges, and juries. Our team understands the law and the criminal justice system and knows how to investigate, analyze, and develop legal strategies designed to help you avoid or minimize the repercussions of criminal charges.
Theft Crimes in Missouri
Theft crimes involve the taking of someone else's property without their consent in an effort to deprive them of it. How you are charged in Missouri will be based on the value of the property stolen and whether you have prior convictions. In some cases, the type of property factors into the charge, like when stealing a dangerous item such as a gun.
Thus, theft crimes can be charged as both misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the circumstances. For example, stealing property or services valued at more than $750 but less than $25,000 is a Class D felony in Missouri. Stealing property valued at $25,000 or more is charged as a Class C felony.
Theft Crimes in Oklahoma
Theft crimes in Oklahoma are also charged based on the value of what was stolen. They fall under the categories of petit larceny and grand larceny. Petit larceny involves stealing property valued under $1,000 and is charged as a misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Grand larceny falls into categories based on the following:
- Property valued at $1,000-$2,500
- Property valued at $2,500-$15,000
- Property valued at $15,000 and above
All these charges carry penalties of fines of up to $1,000, plus incarceration periods of up to a year in jail or prison time of up to two years, five years, or eight years, depending on the circumstances.
White Collar Crimes in Missouri & Oklahoma
In both states, white-collar crimes are generally crimes committed for some type of financial benefit or gain.
Examples of these crimes can include but are not limited to:
- Identity theft
- Money laundering
- Tax evasion
- Insider trading
- Public corruption
These crimes are often charged as felonies, especially in cases where multiple victims have been involved and/or large financial losses have been incurred. Penalties for these convictions can include a year to decades in prison. Other consequences can include restitution, heavy fines, forfeiture of assets, house arrest, community service, and lengthy probation. A white-collar crime conviction can end your career and result in the loss of professional licenses.
Let Bennett & Gallon Help with Your Defense
Theft and white-collar crime charges are often complicated and technical matters. We can ensure that you receive a strong defense in the face of any accusation. We use a variety of strategies and resources to combat accusations of criminal activity. Our goal is to help you avoid or minimize the consequences of a conviction.
Get advice from a Joplin, MO & Miami, OK theft and white-collar crime attorney in a free case consultation. Contact Bennett & Gallon via our online request form or at (888) 814-9045.
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