Burglary, Theft and Shoplifting Lawyers
Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Surrounding Counties
If you have been accused of burglary, theft or shoplifting, you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense, or a felony offense, depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. A charge of burglary, theft, or shoplifting can affect your life for years. A strong defense team is your best option for making sure you are represented fairly.
In the Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, and surrounding counties in South Carolina, please contact the theft defense lawyers at The White Davis & White Law Firm. We will fight hard to defend your rights in a court of law.
Burglary is defined as illegally breaking into a structure with the intention of committing a criminal act. South Carolina identifies three degrees of burglary. Many burglaries are committed at night and are against another person's residence or possessions. The jurisdiction and time of day in which the burglary took place, as well as the individual circumstances of that particular case, will determine the penalty imposed if you are convicted.
- Burglary 1st degree carries a penalty of 15 years up to life in prison
- Burglary 2nd degree carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, or up to 15 years in prison, depending upon the specific facts and circumstances.
- Burglary 3rd degree carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison for a first offense, and maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for a second offense.
Theft or larceny is the act of taking and carrying away property from and belonging to another person without consent and with intent to deprive the owner. Some criminal acts that are considered a form of theft or larceny include:
- Home invasion
- Armed robbery
- Car jacking
- Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent
- Obtaining Goods by False Pretenses
Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the case, a prison sentence followed by a period of probation is sometimes the punishment for these type acts.
The actions of concealing an item, switching price tags, or moving it from one area to another with the intent of removing it from the store is shoplifting. South Carolina law states the following:
- Shoplifting items totaling a value of $2,000 or less is a misdemeanor
- Shoplifting items totaling a value greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000 is a felony punishable by five years in prison and/or a fine of $1,000
- Shoplifting items totaling $10,000 or more in value is a felony punishable by ten years in prison
If you are facing your third conviction for shoplifting, regardless of the total value of the stolen items, you may be sentenced to up to ten years in prison.
If you have been charged with burglary, theft or shoplifting in Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, or a surrounding county in South Carolina, contact the theft attorneys at The White Davis & White Law Firm so that we may begin gathering information and building a case in your defense.