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Personal property crime charges require a customized defense

Personal property crimes often have considerable evidence associated with them. These cases can often be challenging from a defense standpoint, but that doesn't mean that you can't work on a defense. We can help you to plan a defense that takes the specifics of your case into account.

Possible defense strategies for a theft charge

Theft charges are often based on specific circumstances that led a person to believe that you were trying to deprive someone of an item that was rightfully theirs. Think about shoplifting. If you slipped something in a bag while you meandered around the store, it could be construed that you were going to steal the item, even if you weren't anywhere near the exit.

All property crimes are very serious matters in Maryland

Money laundering was our topic of choice last week. This is only one of the possible white collar crimes that you can face. Other crimes, such as identity theft and money laundering, are also possible. If you are facing any of these charges, we can help you learn about how you can handle your defense.

Points you should know about money laundering charges

People who have criminal enterprises and those who are taking part in illegal activities have to find a way to make their funds seem legitimate. Money laundering, which involves moving money made in these criminal endeavors into places that make it seem like it came from a legal source, is one way that they handle this money concern. Money laundering is an action that can lead to criminal charges.

Don't take a theft charge sitting down

When you are facing a theft charge, your integrity is being called into question. There are many instances in which an alleged theft might have been something else entirely. We know that you probably never thought you would find yourself in this position, but you mustn't dwell on that. Instead, you need to focus your energy on your defense.

Many factors matter in theft cases

Not all thefts are created equally in the eyes of the law. There are several factors that can determine what type of theft charges a person will face. These factors include the value of the items taken, the reason the items were taken, the location of the items that were taken and the manner in which the items were taken. When prosecutors opt to charge a person with a theft-related crime, all of these points are taken into consideration. Each of these points is an opportunity for the defense to raise questions.

Know your 6th Amendment rights

When you are facing the criminal justice system, you should know that you can't just be treated any old way. Instead, the people who are part of the system have to ensure that they keep your rights in mind. These rights are covered in the United States Constitution. One amendment, the Sixth Amendment, gives you some very specific rights that are crucial if you are facing any criminal charges, including those for theft.

Know how evidence is used in criminal cases

Cases that are considered theft or property crime cases often have very complex evidence that is being used in the case. The complexity can often throw people off so that they don't even try to fight the evidence. Instead, they kind of just freeze up and hope that the case is going to go away.

Determine the defense that your theft case needs

When you are accused of theft, you have to start thinking about your defense as soon as possible. There are several options that you have. Which ones you choose must depend on the facts of your case, not on what defense worked for someone you know of who faced a theft charge and was found not guilty.

Your intent has an impact on your theft case in Maryland

When you are charged with theft, there are specific elements that have to be present in the case. One of these elements is your intent. In order to be charged with theft, you have to have the intent to deprive the owner of the property from being able to use or possess the property. This means that you can't unintentionally steal something.

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