Whether an embezzlement, concealing stolen property, second (home) or third (car) degree burglary, theft by a caretaker (elder abuse),` or something else, theft crimes can be notoriously difficult for the prosecution to prove. Who else had access to the property? How did the property come to be in the hands of the defendant? Is there an innocent explanation? Even where the case against a person may be strong, the ability or willingness to pay back the alleged victim goes a long way in reaching a favorable outcome.
The most important factor when facing a theft investigation is, as usual, do not talk to the police. I’ve blogged about this several times, but it is particularly important in many theft cases. Do not admit to knowing the victim, do not admit to having access to the property in question, etc. Each admission, however innocent it seams out of context, gives the cops one more brick with which to build the wall.
I have been on both sides of every kind of theft case imaginable. Give me a call for a free consultation and to hear how I’ve helped people faced with theft allegations from misdemeanors to six figure cases.