When facing a theft charge, you should be able to completely understand the charges against you. There are a number of different types of theft charges including theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, identity theft, burglary and robbery. It is crucial that you understand all of the components of the crime you are charged with as well as what penalty you could be facing and the reasons why.
Robbery is defined by statute by stating that in the course of committing a theft, a person uses or threatens to use physical force on the other person to commit the theft and causes injury to any person who is not a participant or has a deadly weapon. A robbery is charged against you as a felony. There are many consequences of being charged with a felony and the lawyers at Summe Law have an educated understanding of what is necessary to protect your rights. Felonies are treated more sternly by prosecutors and judges.
A charge of burglary has many facets. A person can be charged with anything from burglary in the first degree to possession of burglar's tools. Each charge having its own range of punishments.
Burglary in the third degree occurs when a person knowingly enters a building unlawfully with the purpose of committing a crime. A more serious offense, burglary in the first degree occurs when a person has the intent to commit a crime and knowingly enters a building unlawfully, is armed with a deadly weapon or causes physical injury to a person. Burglaries in Kentucky are considered felonies and will be prosecuted more harshly.
Even if you have not committed a burglary, you may still be charged with a similar crime if you have an assortment of tools or instruments that are commonly used to commit a burglary and an officer feels that there is no reasonable doubt that you are planning to use these tools to commit a burglary. Unlike burglary, this charge is a misdemeanor and the penalty will be less harsh than if a burglary.
Every case is unique and the attorneys at Summe & Summe, PSC make it a priority to explain the evidence against you and will work hard to formulate the best defense possible using thorough knowledge of the law and years of experience.