Seattle Theft Crimes Defense Attorneys

You’ve been accused of a Theft Crime.

Now what?

 

We’re betting you have several burning questions you want answered, which is why we created this page. Here you’ll find simple and straightforward answers to the questions that really matter to you right now. Despite this, the best way to make sure all of your questions are answered is to simply pick up the phone and give us a call for a free confidential consultation.

 

I whole-heartedly endorse Court Will. I can attest to his outstanding skill as a criminal defense attorney and advocate. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer a friend or family member or potential client to him.

- Attorney Daniel Grupenhagen

 

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.

 

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.

 

Common Questions About Our Firm

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.

You’ve been accused of a Theft Crime.

Now what?

 

We’re betting you have several burning questions you want answered, which is why we created this page. Here you’ll find simple and straightforward answers to the questions that really matter to you right now. Despite this, the best way to make sure all of your questions are answered is to simply pick up the phone and give us a call for a free confidential consultation.

Being charged with a theft or fraud offense in Washington State can be a very serious matter with lasting negative effects on your future. This is partly due to the fact that these matters are considered crimes of dishonesty. Thus, a conviction can lead to consequences such as jail or prison time, reduced job prospects, immigration concerns, and even denials of housing applications. While the degree of seriousness can vary greatly with theft-related crimes, the consequences can be severe even if you are only accused of “shoplifting” something of small value from a convenience store.

I whole-heartedly endorse Court Will. I can attest to his outstanding skill as a criminal defense attorney and advocate. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer a friend or family member or potential client to him.

- Attorney Daniel Grupenhagen

Possible Resolutions for Theft Crime Cases

There are three main ways to resolve a theft crime:

A pre-trial dismissal, a ‘not guilty’ verdict at trial, or a conviction.

Below is a closer look at each of these potential outcomes.

Pre-Trial Dismissal

A pre-trial dismissal is the best-case scenario, and the odds of achieving it diminish as the value of the property or services stolen increase and/or if you have prior convictions. The effect of a dismissal is that you will not have a conviction of any kind on your record as a result of the accusation. There are three possible paths to a dismissal in theft cases:

Negotiated Dismissal

Unless there was an egregious violation of your rights and/or the evidence overwhelmingly points to your innocence, the prosecutor will often require certain terms and conditions to be met prior to dismissing your case. For instance, restitution may need to be paid to the victim and/or completion of a “consumer awareness” class.

Stipulated Continuance

Another way to achieve a dismissal is through negotiating a lengthy continuance of your case in the pre-trial stages. Then, at your next court date (which could be up to two years later) your case would be dismissed provided you did not violate any new laws and fulfilled other agreed upon stipulations such as engaging in community service and paying a fine.

Compromise of Misdemeanor

If you are accused of misdemeanor theft, you (through your attorney) can pay restitution directly to the victim and they can in turn tell the judge that they have been paid in full and they don’t mind if the case is dismissed. The judge then has the authority to dismiss the case entirely, even if the prosecutor objects.

Found ‘Not Guilty’ At Trial

If the prosecutor will not agree to a dismissal in the pre-trial stages of your case AND a trial is in your best interest over a guilty plea, then you may choose to move forward with a jury trial. If you are found ‘Not Guilty’ at trial, then it has the same effect as a dismissal.

Deciding if a trial is in your best interest is determined through a complete analysis of all the facts and evidence in your case weighed against the risk of a lengthier sentence if convicted. It is a decision that is ultimately up to you, the client, but the advice of your attorney should be very strongly considered.

Theft/Fraud Conviction

A conviction for a theft crime can come one of three ways:

Plea Agreement

If a trial is not in your best interest and a dismissal cannot be negotiated, then we will advise you to accept a plea agreement on your case. This means you would be admitting guilt to one or more charges and would have a conviction on your record as a result. The punishment you face from there would depend on the agreement we negotiated for and would also be directed by the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines.

Expedited Felony

This is another form of a plea agreement, but with a positive twist. If you are charged with a theft crime that should be a felony based on the value stolen, prosecutors have the discretion to file it as a misdemeanor anyway. Then they will discuss the case with us and if you ultimately agree to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, then they will never file the case as a felony. On the other hand, if you do not enter a plea to a misdemeanor, then the case would be dismissed and re-filed as a felony.

Guilty Verdict At Trial

If you opt to go to trial an the jury comes back with a unanimous guilty verdict on any or all of the counts against you, then the effect is a conviction on your record. The punishment you face after a trial may or may not be more severe than the punishment you would have faced had you entered into a plea agreement before trial.