As a defendant facing theft crime charges, it's essential to understand the common defenses available to you. Theft crimes can range from petty theft to grand larceny, with severe penalties. Fortunately, several legal defenses can be used to fight these charges.
1. Lack of Intent
One of the most common defenses to theft charges is lack of intent. This defense argues that the defendant did not intend to steal the property. For example, if you accidentally took someone's property, believing it was yours, you did not intend to steal it. To prove lack of intent, you must provide evidence supporting your claim.
2. Mistake of Fact
Another common defense is mistake of fact. This defense argues that the defendant made an honest mistake and did not know that the property they took did not belong to them. For example, if you took someone's property, believing that it was abandoned, you may be able to use the mistake of fact defense.
Consent is another defense that can be used in theft cases. This defense argues that the defendant had permission to take the property in question. For example, if you took someone's property without permission, you did not steal it.
Duress is a defense that can be used when the defendant was forced to commit the theft under threat of harm. For example, if someone threatened to harm you or your family if you did not steal something, you may be able to use the duress defense.
Entrapment is a defense that can be used when the defendant is induced to commit theft by law enforcement. For example, if a police officer convinced you to steal something, you may be able to use the entrapment defense.
Milwaukee Theft Crimes Attorney
At The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz, we have extensive experience defending clients against theft crime charges. Our team of skilled attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for your freedom. Contact us today at (414) 375-0797 to schedule a consultation.