Rockdale County Attorney Provides Solid Defense Against Theft Charges

Providing creative arguments in your favor

There is a wide variety of crimes involving theft. Sometimes these situations can be handled by returning the property and apologizing, after which the incident is largely forgotten. Most cases are much more complicated. The experienced attorney at The Law Offices of William F. Todd, Jr., P.C. understands the charges against you, knows what the state has to prove in court, and knows how to present and effective defense.

What is property crime in Georgia?

In Conyers, Georgia, property crime is almost ten times more frequent than violent crime. While violent crime includes things like assault and murder, property crime includes pretty much anything with theft at the core: shoplifting, burglary, white collar crime and so forth. In 2011, Rockdale County had 2382 larcenies and 241 auto thefts.

What are some common types of theft charges?

If you are charged with a theft crime in Conyers, you are facing a serious charge. I can assist you with charges such as:

  • Shoplifting cases arise when a person takes merchandise from a store without paying for that merchandise. Many times, the alleged theft is captured on videotape and there seems to be little defense. But the state must still prove your guilt in court beyond a reasonable doubt with admissible evidence. That is never an easy burden to meet.
  • Burglary or larceny is usually a felony. Burglary involves breaking and entering; robbery is burglary plus the use of force against a person. Like shoplifting cases, there may seem to be a mountain of evidence against you. But an experienced attorney can climb that metaphorical mountain and present a compelling defense to the jury.
  • Auto theft in Conyers, Georgia usually takes the form of “joyriding” cases. These cases are more difficult to defend. Often, the jury just sees a group of reckless kids out for a good time at someone else’s expense. A capable attorney can separate fact from fiction, and set your case apart from the jury’s misconceptions regarding auto theft.
  • Credit card fraud is always a felony, no matter what the dollar amount. Most of these cases involve a card that is issued without permission; it is also possible to fraudulently use your own card, if you know you are over your limit or you know that the card is otherwise invalid.

The penalty for a property crime directly correlates to the amount of money or value of the property involved. The higher the amount involved, the more severe the penalty.

Use a Georgia defense attorney who knows the system

You cannot learn how criminal law works by taking classes. Experience is the best and only teacher in these matters. For an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact The Law Offices of William F. Todd, Jr., P.C. at [ln::phone] or online to schedule your free consultation. I proudly serve the Atlanta area, including Rockdale, Newton, Walton, Henry, Dekalb, Fulton, Jasper, Gwinnett and Clayton Counties.