Theft, Burglary & Robbery
What do shoplifting, bad checks, breaking into a car, and a shakedown have in common? They can all potentially be charged as felony crimes. Many of our clients arrested for theft, burglary or robbery charges do not realize just how much trouble they are in.
Before making any statements to police or overtures to the victim, you need experienced legal counsel. The law firm of Steven Wetter, Attorney at Law, P.A., represents juveniles, young adults and others accused of stealing or taking property by force or threat. We can challenge the evidence and negotiate with prosecutors to possibly avoid jail, a criminal record and other consequences.
We know what’s at stake.
Steven Wetter uses his knowledge from 18 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor to fight charges of:
- Petty Theft, Shoplifting, or employee theft
- Theft by check, theft by deception or theft of services
- Auto theft or unauthorized use (joy riding)
- Burglary of a conveyance (breaking into a car)
- Burglary of a home or business
- Robbery or armed robbery
Theft is typically a misdemeanor, but it can be charged as a felony if the value of stolen goods or services exceeds $300. Burglary is often charged as a felony, especially if there was forcible entry or there were people inside the structure at the time. Any robbery is usually a felony, but using a weapon or bringing a gun to the scene of the crime can escalate the presumptive prison sentence to 10 years or more.
Very thankful having him next to me in front of the Judge.
Did police recover the stolen property? Did they find fingerprints? Did they have a warrant or consent for a search? Are witnesses reliable? In other words, what evidence ties you to the crime and did police follow the rules? Steven Wetter examines every shred of evidence to find leverage for a dismissal or a reduction to lesser charges. He also explores diversion programs for first-time offenders to avoid the criminal conviction in exchange for probation, community service and/or restitution.