If you have been charged with theft in Indiana, it’s important to understand the legal definitions, potential sentencing ranges, and possible collateral consequences. At Harshman Ponist Smith & Rayl, our experienced legal team can help you navigate the complex legal system and fight for your rights.
Definitions of Theft in Indiana
Under Indiana law, theft is defined as the unlawful taking of another person’s property or services with the intent to deprive the owner of the property or services. Theft can take many forms, including shoplifting, embezzlement, and theft by deception.
The severity of the offense depends on the value of the stolen property or services. If the value is less than $750 for a first-time offender, the offense is a misdemeanor. If the value is $750 or more, or if you have a previous conviction for theft, the offense is a felony.
Sentencing Ranges for Theft in Indiana
Theft charges in Indiana carry a wide range of potential sentences, depending on the severity of the offense. Misdemeanor theft convictions can result in up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $5,000, or no days in jail and no fine. Felony theft convictions can result in to 6 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. The vast majority of cases do not result in the worst-case sentence. It is important to review a possible sentence with an attorney to understand what will be involved, and whether it is more severe than other similar cases.
In addition to jail time and fines, a theft conviction can also lead to probation, community service, and restitution to the victim. Repeat offenders may face even harsher penalties.
Collateral Consequences of Theft Charges
A theft conviction can have long-lasting consequences that go beyond the legal penalties. A criminal record can make it difficult to find employment, housing, and loans. It can also result in the loss of professional licenses, such as a nursing license or a real estate license.
At Harshman Ponist Smith & Rayl, we understand the potential collateral consequences of a theft conviction. That’s why we work tirelessly to defend our clients’ rights and protect their futures.
How We Can Help
If you are facing theft charges in Indiana, you need an experienced legal team on your side. At Harshman Ponist Smith & Rayl, we have decades of experience defending clients against theft charges. We will work tirelessly to investigate your case, challenge the evidence against you, and negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.
We understand that every case is unique, and we will tailor our approach to your specific needs. We will keep you informed throughout the legal process and fight for the best possible outcome.
Contact us today at 317-964-6000 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are here to help you every step of the way.