Theft: The consequences are anything but petty

When it comes to alleged acts of crime, many people understandably posit a certain hierarchy. That is, they may readily distinguish crimes of violence from driving-related offenses. They might have an immediately different reaction to a story involving domestic violence that they do to, say, one involving a white collar offense.

That dichotomy in perception is often clearly on display with theft crimes, which encompass a number of offenses.

Quite often, for example, criminal charges focused on acts like shoplifting, burglary and retail or identity theft are viewed as relatively inconsequential when compared with violence-related charges that can bring lengthy prison terms to convicted offenders. Indeed, the term "petty" is often used in conjunction with theft-related crimes.

In fact, and as regards the potential consequences of a criminal conviction for theft, there is nothing remotely petty about this criminal law category. Indeed, a theft-crime conviction can bring an adverse outcome that negatively affects an individual across a truly broad dimension. Consider, for example, these repercussions:

  • Social stigma attached to a shoplifting or other theft-related charge
  • Potential job loss
  • Curtailment of opportunity to serve in the military
  • Refusal of select schools to consider enrollment application
  • Restricted ability to rent an apartment

In addition to those potential negatives, there is of course the distinct possibility for heavy fines and jail time in a given case.

At the Law Offices of Nickolas Daniels & Associates, we fully appreciate the seriousness of any theft-related criminal charge, and we defend clients with passion, tenacity and proven legal acumen as they confront the legal justice system.

Our firm is proudly client-focused and driven to achieve optimal results in every case we take. Information about our attorneys and the work we do on behalf of persons charged with shoplifting and other forms of theft can be gleaned online at our Michigan Theft Crimes page.