In Kentucky, theft of property valued in excess of $1000.00 is a class D felony carrying a potential prison sentence of up to five years.If the property stolen exceeds a value of $10,000, the charges may be classified as a C felony carrying a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. If you have been charged, or even if you are just a suspect in a theft crime, it is imperative that you employ knowledgeable, experienced counsel to help guide you as your case unfolds. Having competent counsel in your corner can make all the difference in favorably resolving your case.
Consequences Of A Theft Conviction
It is important to consider that in addition to court-mandated penalties, a person convicted of theft may also experience serious collateral (other) consequences. A Kentucky theft conviction may result in the loss of college scholarships or the ability to seek admission to a higher learning institution. A conviction may also impact one’s ability to maintain or seek employment and may result in negative action to a professional license (e.g. nursing).
Why Hire An Attorney Immediately?
It is also important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve favorable evidence. Key evidence (faces, dates, events and conversations) fades from memory over time. Certain witnesses need to be interviewed as soon as possible, some video recordings and other physical evidence may be destroyed. Therefore, it is critical to begin an investigation as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost. Success or failure in any criminal case may be determined in the decisions of the defendant and his or her attorney in the immediate hours and days after an arrest is made.
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