Theft is the taking of property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the true owner of that property. White Collar Crime is a term used to describe criminal conduct involving illegal acts that use deceit and concealment to obtain money, property or services, or to secure a business or professional advantage.
If you have been charged with any type of theft offense in Maryland or in Washington D.C., attorney Marc Emden is ready to work with you to build the best possible legal defense and to help you win your case. After practicing law for almost 30 years, Marc Emden has the skills to help you in your criminal case.
If you were arrested for shoplifting, you will need the advice of a skilled and aggressive theft defense lawyer who will investigate your case and challenge the government’s case at every turn.
Over the many years of representing hundreds of people charged with this crime, Marc Emden has found that often taking someone else property can merely be a crime of circumstance. Sometimes depression or a sense of desperation due to unforeseen financial problems can cloud someone’s judgment and cause them to commit acts they know to be unlawful. Marc Emden will explore questions like, was the stolen money property used to pay for medical treatment for an ill family member? Or, do you have a history of clinical depression?
When it is helpful, Marc Emden of Rockville, Maryland, will work closely with a psychiatrist or other experts who can evaluate the state of circumstances involving your offense. The circumstances surrounding the incident should play a key role in developing a defense strategy to fight or minimize theft charges.
Theft includes simple shoplifting, auto theft, and burglary and robbery. In Maryland, misdemeanor theft of goods or services of value less than $500.00, is punishable by up to eighteen months in prison. Felony theft, which involves theft of goods or services worth over $500.00, is punishable by a period of incarceration of up to 15 years. A theft conviction of either type has significant consequences beyond jail. A theft crime in Maryland is often treated as a “Crime of Moral Turpitude,” and can often have significant effect of security clearance, immigration and employment, including deportation of resident aliens.
It is crucial that if you are charged with theft you remember not to make any statements to the police, and contact a Marc Emden immediately. Please call us at (301) 762-7007.