Theft Crimes

Birmingham Theft Crime Lawyers

Defense for All Types of Theft Charges

Being convicted of theft crimes can lead to significant personal and professional consequences. In addition to severe criminal penalties and restitution, those convicted of theft often lose careers, job opportunities, social trust, and even the right to bear firearms. Anyone accused of a theft crime should seek immediate legal counsel, and a Birmingham criminal defense attorney from Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. will provide the knowledgeable representation you can trust.

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Our attorneys have received numerous awards and honors and will provide defense solutions for all types of theft crimes, including:

  • Robbery/burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft of services
  • Grand theft auto
  • Identity theft
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Theft by deception
  • Extortion
  • White collar theft

What is Theft by Deception in Alabama?

Theft by deception is when a person or obtains possession of money, labor, goods, or real estate by means of fraud, deceit, scamming or trick. Theft by deception can include simple street tricks and lying all the way to highly sophisticated fraudulent operations.  

Theft Crime Charges in Birmingham, AL

In Alabama, you can be charged with felony theft if the stolen property is valued at $501 or more. Felony theft is commonly referred to as grand theft and the penalties can be quite severe. Theft of property valued at less than $500 is a class A misdemeanor. (Ala. Code ยง 13A-8-5.) Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $6,000.

There are three other levels of Alabama theft charges, all of which can carry severe penalties:

  • Third-degree theft โ€“ Property valued at between $501 and $1500 and is a class D felony.
  • Second-degree theft โ€“ Property valued between $1501 and $2,500 along with certain types of property such as credit and debit cards, livestock, and firearms. This class C felony can mean between 1 and 10 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.
  • First-degree theft โ€“ Property valued at more than $2,500, along with all motor vehicle theft and direct person-to-person theft. This is a class B felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

Whether you are facing local or federal charges, we will look at all available evidence, including police leads, security camera footage, financial records, and witness statements. We keep clients well-informed throughout the process while allowing them to decide whether to go to trial, accept a plea deal, and other major decisions.

Our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers have a strong working relationship with local judges and prosecutors and will work to get charges dismissed or reduced while also letting you know what to expect if your case goes to trial. Thousands of people have counted on us in difficult times and we will provide the same help and direction to you.

Schedule a free in-person consultation today by contacting us at (205) 900-7714 to speak with a Birmingham criminal defense attorney.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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  • They pursued a variety of outside the box options and seemed to exhaustively research every detail of my case.

    “Above all they kept me up to date of every event and step required of me, most of the time contacting me before I even knew there was something I needed to be aware of.”

  • Where I perceived a threat, Richard saw opportunity.

    “We were a part of a team 20 years ago that represented Gary Drinkard in a capital retrial...There was a body wire worn by the snitch, but the contents of the tape were inaudible. Two weeks before the retrial, we received a call from prosecutors that [a company] had successfully enhanced the audio...My immediate reaction was terror...Wise Richard Jaffe told me to take a deep breath and that he had a feeling that the tape was going to help us...[T]he enhanced tape picked up enough of the conversation to show that Gary Drinkard was not confessing...Gary was acquitted in one hour. Where I perceived a threat, Richard saw opportunity.

  • Mike Hanle exceeded our expectations and we more than grateful!

    “Mike Hanle did an outstanding job and obtained an excellent result on our case in a very difficult venue. mike DILIGENTLY worked all angles of our case to achieve the best outcome! we would highly recommend Mike and his firm for anyone who is in need of legal representation! we cannot thank Mike enough for his hard work and professionalism. Great job!!”