If you are facing theft and white-collar crime charges in Bradenton, you may have no idea where to turn or what to do. Many people experience profound embarrassment and, as a result, allow the police and prosecutor to pressure them into entering a guilty plea.
Despite what they may tell you, however, pleading guilty will not make your problems disappear. Just the opposite, in fact, as you will be stuck with a permanent criminal record. However, you do not need to handle your case alone. Get help from theft lawyers in Bradenton.
The Bradenton theft and white-collar crime lawyers at Goldman Wetzel have experience in the Florida criminal justice system on both sides of the aisle. Summer Goldman started her career in the State Attorney’s office, while Maribeth Wetzel has spent her entire career dedicated to criminal defense. This unique background allows us the experience to determine the best route for your case.
Call us today at 941-405-5193 to schedule a free consultation.
Will You Go to Jail for Theft or White-Collar Crimes in Bradenton?
Depending on what you stole (or attempted to steal), conviction on theft or white-collar crime charges in Bradenton could easily put you behind bars.
You will also face fines between $500 and $10,000. The judge may also sentence you to probation, community service, and counseling or psychological treatment. You will also have to pay restitution to your victim as well as all court costs and fees.
In some cases, you may lose your driver’s license for as long as 12 months.
Once you serve your penalties, you still cannot put your problems behind you, thanks to the permanent criminal record you get for a theft conviction. This will show up whenever someone runs a background check on you, such as a prospective employer or landlord.
And if your conviction was for a white-collar crime, getting a new job is going to be quite difficult as few companies will trust you.
And, if your crime was a felony, as many white-collar crimes are, you will lose your right to vote, sit on a jury, get a hunting license, or own a gun.
If you have prior convictions, the Florida habitual offender statute (Florida Statute § 775.084) makes your third offense an automatic felony, no matter how small or insignificant the theft may have been. Three felony theft convictions and you could face a mandatory life sentence.
You might also face additional charges if the police allege you attempted to sell the stolen property.
Never take a theft charge lightly, no matter what the circumstances. Get us involved as soon as possible. If you get us involved early enough, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to reduce or even forgo filing charges in the first place.
Can the Goldman Wetzel Theft Lawyers in Bradenton Help Me?
The theft and white-collar crime legal team at Goldman Wetzel will go to work immediately on your behalf, examining the evidence in your case and looking for any potential weaknesses or violations of your legal rights.
In theft cases, we look closely at the circumstances of your arrest, specifically whether the police potentially violated your rights. We will also challenge the chain of possession of the evidence in your case, as this provides another potential area of weakness in your case.
Another potential challenge is the prosecutors’ tendency to overvalue stolen goods, to try to get you on a more serious charge. We will ensure that the value correctly represents the goods in question.
The Goldman Wetzel theft lawyer team uses an innovative, team-based approach to give your clients the best possible chance for a favorable outcome.
With any potential weaknesses we identify in your case, we will go to the prosecutor and attempt to negotiate a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
In some cases, we may succeed in convincing the prosecutor to allow you to enter a diversion program or a pretrial intervention.
However, if we must take your case to court, we will prepare the strongest possible defense and present it on your behalf.
What Defense Strategies Will the Goldman Wetzel Theft Lawyers Use?
Although the specific defense strategies we use for your theft charges will depend on the unique facts of your case, when we handle theft and white-collar cases in Bradenton, we often use one or more common defense strategies.
We can demonstrate that you have an alibi for the day and time of the alleged crime. In this case, the police may have arrested you on the basis of mistaken identity.
We can argue that the police violated your legal rights with an illegal search and seizure. If we succeed in making this argument, the judge may disallow the evidence. This may also hold if the police failed to read you your rights before they questioned you.
If the police did not have probable cause to believe you broke the law by stealing or having stolen property in your possession, we may also succeed in having the evidence thrown out.
Finally, we may use the defense strategy of intent. In other words, you had no intent to commit a crime. Instead, whatever did occur was a mistake or misunderstanding.
Our unique team-based approach to criminal defense allows us to develop the most comprehensive strategies possible for your case.
What Are Some of the Most Common Theft Crimes Goldman Wetzel Handles?
Our attorneys have handled all types of theft and white-collar crimes in Bradenton; however, some of the most common include:
- Petit and grand theft
- Writing bad checks
- Credit card theft
- Identify theft
- Using credit card skimmers
- Stealing services such as utilities
- Burglary and robbery
- Firearms theft
- Theft of controlled substances
Some charges, including certain types of fraud, may qualify as federal white-collar crimes — depending on the value of the alleged theft. It is critical to avoid federal white-collar crime charges, due to the severity of the outcome.
Talk to the Goldman Wetzel Bradenton Theft Lawyers for Free
The Goldman Wetzel legal team would like to offer you a complimentary consultation and case review, to discuss your Bradenton theft charges.
Our experience and team-based approach offers you the benefit of two unique, knowledgeable professionals working on your case at every turn.
Contact us today at 941-405-5193 to schedule a consultation with our theft lawyers in Bradenton.