Olathe Property Crime Attorney
What is a Property Crime?
Property crimes are those which do not cause any type of injury, harm, or force against another person. While this may seem like a much less serious offense than other crimes, it is still taken seriously in the eyes of the law. Many property crimes involve financial or economic damage to the victim rather than physical harm. At Duma Law Offices, we understand the need for a strong defense against property crimes. Michael C. Duma is prepared to build an effective strategy against your charges to protect your rights.
Type of Property Crimes
Most property crimes involve some type of property damage, economic damage, or generally breaking the law without hurting another individual. This could involve deception or fraud, such as a white collar crime, or a minor consuming alcohol or drugs. Skilled defense is necessary as many property crimes carry heavy penalties.
We defend all types of property crimes, including:
- Criminal Damage to Property
- White collar crimes
- Tax crimes
Theft Laws & Penalties in Kansas
According to Kansas law, theft is defined as the unlawful taking or obtaining of another person's property with the intent to deprive them of that property.
Kansas statutes specifically define theft in several ways, including:
- Taking property that is not yours without the owner's consent.
- Obtaining property by deception or false representation.
- Obtaining services, such as labor or professional services, without intending to pay for them.
- Taking property that has been lost or misdelivered, if the person who takes the property knows who the true owner is and does not attempt to return it.
- Receiving or possessing stolen property, knowing or having reason to know that it has been stolen.
In order for an act to be considered theft under Kansas law, it must involve a specific intent to permanently deprive the owner of their property. This means that actions such as borrowing or taking property with the intent to return it do not constitute theft.
The penalties for theft in Kansas depend on the value of the stolen property and other circumstances surrounding the offense. Generally, theft is classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, and the severity of the penalties increases with the value of the stolen property and the presence of aggravating factors.
If the value of the stolen property is less than $1,000, it is considered petit theft and is typically classified as a Class A misdemeanor in Kansas. A conviction can include up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
If the value of the stolen property is $1,000 or more, it is considered grand theft and can be classified as a felony in Kansas. If the value of the stolen property is between $1,000 and less than $25,000, it is a level 9 felony, which can carry penalties of up to 17 months in prison and fines of up to $100,000.
If the value of the stolen property is $25,000 and less than $100,000, it is a severity level 7 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 34 monts and a fine not exceeding $100,000. If the value of the stolen property is $100,000 or more, it is a level 5 felony that carries a maximum prison term of 136 months and fines of up to $300,000.
If the theft involves certain aggravating factors, such as the use of force or weapons, causing injury to another person, or targeting certain types of property (e.g., firearms, motor vehicles), the penalties can be enhanced and result in more severe charges and penalties.
Contact Our Trusted Property Crime Attorney in Olathe Today
With over 10 years of experience practicing law, our experienced criminal defense attorney has the necessary skill and dedication you need on your side. We are known for our effective approach and for our knowledge of the law.