Theft crimes are taken very seriously in Virginia. Shoplifting or stealing an item valued at less than $500 is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to twelve months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Some courts have a local policy of imposing a short jail sentence for even first offenders and relatively minor cases. If stolen property is valued at $500 or more, it will likely be charged as a felony. Pickpocketing need only result in the loss of $5 in order to be charged as a felony. Credit card theft is treated as a felony, even if the stolen card is not used to purchase anything.
Whether charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, all theft and embezzlement charges are considered to be a crime of moral turpitude, meaning they involve lying, cheating, or stealing. This type of charge may harm a security clearance or an immigrant’s ability to legally remain in the United States. If you are facing a theft or embezzlement charge, Jennifer Raimo is here to help. She will work with you to explore every possible defense available to you, while at the same time working to minimize the risk of harm to you.
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