Seattle Theft Crimes Defense Attorneys

Meet the Wills

Seattle Theft Crimes Defense Attorneys

Meet the Wills

30+ Years Experience
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1000's of Cases Successfully Resolved


 

Common Theft Crimes Questions

What are some of the potential results I can expect?

What are some of the potential results I can expect?

Because every case has its own unique set of facts and circumstances, it’s not possible for us to tell you what result you will get on your particular case until we have had a chance to fully litigate it. That said, here are some potential results, all of which we have achieved for our clients:

  • Compromise of Misdemeanor
  • Dismissal of charges in pre-trial stage for legal/factual reasons
  • Stipulated Order of Continuance
  • Deferred Sentence
  • Reduction of charges
  • Reduction of penalties
  • Not guilty verdict after trial

We explain some of these these potential outcomes in a little more detail further down the page, but it’s best to simply call us for a full explanation of what these outcomes mean and how we can achieve them.

What potential consequences am I looking at from the court if I’m convicted?
There is a wide variety of potential outcomes, so we don’t want you to get ahead of yourself with worrying about every single potential consequence, but because we know this is often a burning question, here are a few:
  • Jail/Prison
  • Fines/Restitution
  • Work Release
  • Community Service
  • Electronic Home Monitoring
  • Community Custody/Probation
How else could a theft conviction affect my future?
Theft is considered to be a “crime of dishonesty.” Thus, a conviction can lead to collateral consequences such as loss of current employment, reduced future job prospects, immigration concerns, and even denials of housing applications.
What types of theft -related charges do you handle?
We handle any and all types of theft charges in both state and federal court. Here’s a quick list of some of the most common that we see. If you don’t see the charge you have been accused of below, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Just give us a call.
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft 1, 2, 3
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Burglary
  • Embezzlement
  • Check Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Vehicle Theft
  • Vehicle Prowling
I’ve been accused of theft by my employer, what should I do?
One of the most common white collar crimes that we see is what is referred to as “Embezzlement.” This typically comes in the form of an employee allegedly stealing from his/her employer in some way, whether it involves writing checks to oneself or some other more complex scheme. You should contact us the second that your employer questions you about an accounting discrepancy or otherwise hints there is any concern whatsoever. If we intervene early, we can sometimes work out an out-of-court settlement that avoids any felony or misdemeanor prosecution. Embezzlement offenses can often become complicated matters involving mountains of documents and evidence. An arrest or conviction for embezzlement and other white collar crimes can also lead to swift and overwhelming consequences including seizure of bank accounts, forfeiture of your home, and the stripping of professional licenses/accreditation. If you are being investigated for a White Collar crime at the state or federal level, the sooner you get a qualified attorney on your side to protect your rights, the better. Court & Michelle are experienced and skilled at handling these complex and sensitive matters, and are always just a phone call away.
The police want to talk to me to get my side of the story. Should I speak with them?
No. End of discussion. The police will act like they just want to talk to you. The truth is they only want to gather enough information to arrest you.
What can you promise me?
You’re not going to find a more qualified team to represent you, and we are going to get you the best possible result given the facts and circumstances of your particular case. We work really hard and are very accessible to our clients. Try calling or texting us right now; if we don’t pick up right away, we will get back to you very fast.
How will you get me the best possible result?
The short answer is through hard work. Here’s a little closer look: Some of the legal issues we analyze while handling your Theft case:
  • Lack of criminal intent
  • Determination of whether any incriminating statements you made were in violation of your Miranda Rights
  • Legality of any search & seizure issues
  • Collecting additional witness statements that support our theory of the case
Some of the mitigating factors we introduce and discuss during negotiation:
  • Humanize you to the prosecutor; we want to know everything about you. Give us your life story. We will memorize it and then be able to talk to the prosecutor very intelligently about you; as if we have known you for years.
  • Gather a bunch of character reference letters for you.
  • Private polygraph (when applicable)
  • Explain the impact this matter will have on your job and family
If I retain your services, are you going to get my charges reduced or dismissed?
The only answer I can give you at this point is “it depends…” I know, not totally satisfying, but it is honest. If another attorney promises you more than that, then they are just trying to take your money. Get out of their office (or hand up the phone) as fast as you can.
How much are your services going to cost me?
We charge fair, competitive flat fees for our services. Here’s the problem you face with a lot of other attorneys: The ultra-expensive guys aren’t going to get you a better result than we are, and the dirt cheap guys aren’t going to much of anything for you at all. That’s where we come in. While we certainly don’t have the lowest fees in Western Washington, we won’t make you take out a second mortgage either.
Do you exclusively handle theft cases?
No, we don’t play marketing games like some other attorneys out there. We’re well-rounded and handle ALL criminal matters, including theft crimes…and not just a few theft crime cases here and there. We’ve successfully handled hundreds of theft related cases over the years. Our secret is simple: we focus on what matters – getting you the best possible outcome.
I have a court date coming up ASAP, what do I do?!?
Hire an attorney! Is this answer self-serving? Yes. Despite this, is it still the best possible thing you can do? YES.