Have you been arrested and charged with committing theft? If you have, you could face some substantial consequences if you are convicted in a South Carolina criminal court. At the end of the day, the outcome of your case will all depend on the details of the event for which you stand accused and how you choose to defend yourself. Coming up with a defense strategy is something with which a criminal defense attorney can help.
The definition of theft is, in short, purposely taking someone else's property without that individual's consent and having no intent of returning the property. What is the key word here? Intent.
The prosecuting attorney's job is to not only to prove that you committed the act, but that you intended to commit the crime. Theft cases are not always straightforward. People take things while under duress, because they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, because they believe the things really belong to them or for a number of other reasons.
If you have been charged with theft, you do not have to navigate the criminal court system all on your own. An experienced criminal defense attorney can be at your side and assist you in finding the best way to fight the charges against you. To learn more, please visit our firm's website.
When facing a criminal charge such as theft in South Carolina, jail time may not have to be in your future. You may be able to fight for a case dismissal. You may be able to request alternative sentencing. There are options that may better serve your interests. Let a criminal defense attorney help seek the best possible resolution to your case.