In Utah, theft is explicitly defined as a person who “obtains or exercises unauthorized control over the property of another with a purpose to deprive.” Under this definition, law enforcement could file charges of theft even based on your “intent” to deprive another of something. For example, if someone delivers a package to your house mistakenly and you keep it without any intent to return it, you could be charged with a theft crime.
If you have been charged with a crime like theft that requires the prosecution to prove your intent, it’s crucial that you have an experienced lawyer to make sure the charges are not overstated and your rights and dignity are protected.
Utah law has many classifications for theft crimes. If you are arrested for a theft crime in Utah, remember it is your right to remain silent until you speak with an experienced lawyer. The legal team at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat is expertly skilled at handling any and every kind of theft charge. Our expert team has handled cases of all the following and more:
In addition to more severe theft crimes like extortion, money laundering, auto theft, or embezzlement, we also defend against more common types of theft like retail theft and vehicle burglary.
A crime like theft is considered a “crime of dishonesty.” Such allegations, even if they are false, can have lasting impacts on the life of the person charged. We take this part of the process seriously. We will do everything we can to help you navigate the effects of your charges, whether you are convicted or not.
With nearly two decades of experience defending clients against theft and property crime charges, you can rest assured we will investigate all the details of your case and fully prepare for your defense. If you want to do some of your own research on Utah’s theft laws, crime classifications, and penalties, you can visit our theft crimes page to find more information.
Whether you need help with a misdemeanor or felony theft charge in Utah, the lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat will work hard to help with your defense and protect your rights. We understand the need to protect your rights at every stage of the case.
Give us a call at (801) 532-5297 so we can start working on your case today.
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