Theft and Fraud Offenses
Crimes involving theft and fraud are commonly known as Property Crime, as they involve the unlawful taking of another’s property. They are also considered non-violent in nature, including burglary which is usually perpetrated when the occupiers are not in and therefore does not result in an act of violence.
In 2005 there were 26,866 burglaries, 60,873 thefts and 7,492 vehicle thefts in the State of Mississippi. Click here for more information.
The Guthrie Firm, PLLC defends individuals charged with a wide range of theft and fraud crimes in Mississippi, such as:
- receiving stolen property
- car theft
- welfare fraud
- illegally claiming government benefits
- filing false insurance claims
- identity theft
- stealing client lists
- computer crimes
- mail fraud
- internet theft
- credit card fraud
Each of these crimes has specific characteristics, and if you are charged with any of them you will need the advice of a good criminal lawyer on such topics as:
- What charges are typically filed in these cases
- What available defenses can be invoked
- What plea bargains will be offered, and which should be accepted
- What happens in the case of a conviction
- How and if a conviction for these offenses can be expunged
Positioning and tactics are very important in cases of property crime and you will benefit greatly from advice on which mitigating factors you can invoke. For instance, if you are able to return the property to its rightful owner the court may show a higher degree of leniency. If you are found guilty, various counties and courts within Mississippi will also have different sentencing policies, and it is important to hire a lawyer who understands the different legal subtleties across the State.
Finally, remember this: When you stand accused of a crime, it is very hard to get your story heard. The police may listen to you, but all they are going to hear you say is “I did it.” The prosecutor isn’t interested in it. So you need someone to listen to you, then present your case in the best manner possible. Clarence will tell you that there are certain circumstances and actions that can have a big effect on your case. He will investigate the facts and explore all options to work towards obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.
Call an attorney immediately if you’ve been arrested or charged with a property crime. The earlier you involve a lawyer, the better able we will be to accumulate evidence, interview essential witnesses and address the other important elements of your case. Clarence has prior experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, and will be glad to meet with you to discuss your case. Your initial consultation is free.
If you would like to discuss your property crime case with us, please call The Guthrie Firm, PLLC at (601) 991-1099 or contact us online. We are here to help.