Theft Crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma
A theft conviction carries a hefty penalty under Oklahoma law. For that reason, anyone charged with theft should seek the assistance of one of the qualified criminal defense attorneys at the Edge Law Firm. Even though theft is not characterized by does not have a violence component, it is a crime of mistrust and that can disqualify you from any type of employment opportunity where trust is an essential requirement. Once you have a theft conviction on your record, it can be used to enhance your punishment if you encounter any other type of trouble with the law.
The Legal Definition of Theft
Oklahoma law defines theft as the stealth or fraudulent acquisition of another person’s property. Theft is similar to larceny. The victim may or may not be aware that the theft has occurred. In some instances, the victim may even be absent from the scene when the theft occurs. Depending upon the type of property that is taken, the theft may fall under Oklahoma’s general theft statute or a more specific theft statute such as livestock theft, retail theft (shoplifting), theft of fixtures, theft of dogs, copper theft, theft of mercury, pipeline tapping and theft of cable, or information or telecommunication services theft. Each of these specific types of theft carries its own punishment.
One of the most common type of theft these days is identity theft. Although it is not a new crime, identity theft has become more prevalent due to the accessibility of private information on the Internet, or through security breeches that involve credit cards. Identity theft is defined as the willful and malicious acquisition of a person’s identification details with the intent to use or sell the details without the victim’s consent. Common personal identification details that are subject to theft include social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, personal identification numbers, (PINs), and driver’s license numbers. Oklahoma law classifies identity theft as a felony that is punishable with a minimum of one year imprisonment in the State Penitentiary. Additionally, a fine up to $100,000 can be imposed in addition to restitution to the victim.
Theft can be a minor crime with serious implications. If you are facing a theft charge, a qualified criminal defense attorney at the Edge Law Firm can ensure that all of your legal rights are vigorously protected. For more information about theft or for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case, call our office today or fill out our online form now for a free analysis of your case.