St Louis Felony Stealing or Theft
If you have been charged with a felony in St Louis for theft or stealing, then that means that one of the following has occurred:
1. The value of the allegedly stolen goods or services is more than $500 (stolen goods or services with a value of less than $500 is a Class A Misdemeanor) (MO Stat. 570.030 3(1));
2. You physically took the goods from someone (MO Stat. 570.030 3(2)); or
3. The particular item that was allegedly stolen falls within a list of specific things under the statute (such as a motor vehicle, watercraft, or aircraft; a will or unrecorded real estate deed; a credit card; a firearm or explosive; or even a controlled substance) (MO Stat. 570.030 3(3) (a)-(p)).
The state can charge you with a Class C Felony for stealing if the value of the goods allegedly taken was between $500 and $25,000. Such a felony can come with a potential sentence of up to seven (7) years of jail and a $5,000 fine.
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
If the value of the goods was more than $25,000, then the state of Missouri can charge you with a Class B Felony. This type of charge can come with a potential sentence of between five (5) and fifteen (15) years.
So as you can see, being charged with this kind of felony is a very serious matter. But just because the state accuses you of this particular crime, it does not mean they can prove all necessary elements of the infraction.
Many times, it is possible to work out a deal with the prosecutor to get the charges reduced or dropped altogether. And sometimes, the court is willing to allow you to enter into an SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence). An SIS is described as a period of probation (usually one to two years in length). If you stay out of trouble during the probationary period, then the charges are thrown out (as if it never existed).
But that is why it is so crucial to contact a good St Louis criminal defense lawyer!! We can explain your rights, help you understand your options, and answer all of your questions.
The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been taking care of criminal charges in Missouri for over ten (10) years. We specialize in making sure that your record stays clean, and so that you can move forward with life. And we want to do it all at an affordable price. The upfront fees for a low level felony charge start at $750. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!
We have two main locations: in the Central West End of St. Louis, at 1 North Taylor (on the corner of Taylor and Laclede), 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), 63019.