Theft Crimes Legal Defense

Have You Been Accused of Theft or a Related Crime in Hawaii?

Even petty theft can result in prison time and heavy fines.

The state or federal government has accused you or a loved one of committing an act of theft.  Now, they claim they have everything they need to see you convicted and sentenced for your alleged crimes. 

You may have been taken into custody.  You may have been interrogated for crimes you did not even commit.  But if you are convicted, the worst is yet to come. Most states’ laws regarding theft are incredibly harsh.  And if the federal government has taken up your case, the situation can only get worse from here. 

  • Even misdemeanor theft leaves you open for jail time—up to a year or more depending on other crimes you committed.  But this is nothing compared to grand theft and other felony charges which could land you in prison for decades.
  • You will have to return what you’ve allegedly stolen, which could be anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars or more.  If you don’t have the money, you could be paying the state back for the rest of your life.
  • A criminal charge will find its way onto background checks and even become public knowledge on the internet.  You may never hold a steady career again, or be forced to take the worst kinds of jobs.

A theft conviction could leave you broke, unemployed, and in jail.  Do not take the risk. Contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY to start fighting back. 

I’ve Been Accused of Theft, Larceny, or Grand Theft.  Now What?

Do not discuss details of your case with friends, alleged victims, or even family members.  Do not talk to law enforcement—even if they claim you are not a suspect in the case. Never assume your innocence will be enough to protect you in court. And always hire an attorney experienced in theft charges to defend your interests in court. 

Theft is an incredibly complex criminal charge, with both the states and the federal government fighting over the jurisdiction of a case depending on the circumstances.  Most courts will review theft based on a number of factors, some of which include:

  • The degree of theft: Theft is often defined by degrees.  The higher the degree, the harsher the sentencing.  Degrees are based on the type of property stolen and the amount of the property in question.  Lesser degrees of theft are misdemeanor charges, and scale all the way up to grand theft, which warrants more severe punishment. 
  • The criminal history of the accused: Many states have laws on the books which allow for harsher sentencing depending on the criminal record of the accused.  For instance, a Three Strikes rule often applies which can dramatically increase punishment for repeat offenders.  
  • The intent of the accused: The prosecution must prove that the accused a) took someone else’s property, and b) did so with the intention of not returning said property.  But in some instances, the intent of the alleged thief is not always clear. If the accused knows the alleged victim, it is possible he simply borrowed something with the intention to return it before the alleged victim noticed it was gone. 

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Do not leave you and your family at risk for financial ruin from a theft conviction.  Contact the attorneys at Bilecki & Tipon TODAY for a free consultation into your case. 

Why Bilecki & Tipon Is One of the Most Trusted Names in Theft Crimes

It may be weeks from now or even months, but sometime soon you will find yourself in court, holding your breath, waiting for the jury to deliver your fate.  Will you spend the next year or years in prison, with no hope of paying off your debts? Or will a more positive outcome give you hope that you can get your life back on track?

In almost every instance, the jury will make its decision based on the advocacy and experience of the defense attorney sitting at your side.  That’s why so many people have chosen Bilecki & Tipon to defend their interests in court—because of our experience, because of our reputation for excellence, and because of our history of securing positive outcomes time and time again.  

So why have so many clients trusted Bilecki & Tipon to represent them in court? 

  • We understand theft charges: From petty theft involving a few hundred dollars to grand theft or theft in the first degree which could be in the millions, Bilecki & Tipon has seen it all.  We’ve defended our clients across state courts, federal courts and military courts, always securing the best possible outcome no matter what it takes or how tough the case.  
  • We are well-equipped to handle state and federal trials: From our experienced in-house investigators and attorneys to our network of consultants and forensic specialists, we have what it takes to fight back against state and federal governments and their vast resources.
  • We have experienced cross examiners: Every attorney at Bilecki & Tipon is an experienced and highly capable cross-examiner.  If the government’s star witness is lying, we’ll know about it. If the victim takes the stand and isn’t telling the whole truth, we’ll make sure they pay for it and then some.  

Hire a law firm with a proven background in defending clients from high-profile theft allegations. Call us today to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions About Theft Crimes

What Is the Difference Between Larceny and Theft?

In many states, larceny and theft is the exact same thing. However, some states see it differently.

  • Theft is a very broad term which encompasses the taking of any form of property—tangible or intangible—with the intent of not returning it to the original owner. 
  • Larceny is a type of theft which only involves the taking of physical property such as money, jewelry, phones, etc.

Other forms of theft are possible, such as robbery, which requires a violent component such as assault to be proven. 

Where Is Bilecki & Tipon Located?

Bilecki & Tipon LLLC is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  We accept state court cases throughout the Hawaiian Islands. 

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