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Bridgewater Theft Crime Lawyer
Put a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side
If you have been arrested or charged with theft, you need a criminal defense attorney who understands the law and the legal system. Andrew H.P. Norton is a Bridgewater criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law for more than three decades. He knows how to work within the system to help his clients achieve the best possible results.
How Does Massachusetts Define Theft?
Theft is a crime that can be committed in a number of ways. It is a crime that involves the taking of another person's property without that person's permission and with the intent to deprive that person of the property. The crime is considered a felony if the value of the property or services stolen is $250 or more.
Possible penalties for theft crimes in Massachusetts include:
- Jail time — The length of the jail sentence depends on the nature of the crime and the value of the stolen goods. First-time offenders may be eligible for a pre-trial program that allows them to avoid jail time.
- Fines — The amount of the fine depends on the nature of the crime and the value of the stolen goods.
- Probation — A judge may order that the defendant serve a probation term along with other penalties.
- Restitution — The defendant may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim in addition to other penalties. Restitution involves paying the victim the value of the stolen goods.
How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help?
A criminal defense attorney plays a crucial role in assisting individuals who are facing theft crime charges. When accused of theft, having a skilled attorney by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. They will:
- Thoroughly analyze the evidence against you, ensuring that your rights were protected during the investigation and arrest.
- Review the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft, looking for any inconsistencies or procedural errors that could weaken the prosecution's case.
- Build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation. They may explore potential defenses such as mistaken identity, lack of intent, or insufficient evidence.
- Advocate for you during negotiations with the prosecution, aiming to have charges reduced or dismissed whenever possible.
In the event your case goes to trial, a skilled defense attorney will vigorously represent you, cross-examining witnesses, presenting evidence, and crafting persuasive arguments to cast doubt on the prosecution's case. Ultimately, a criminal defense attorney's expertise and experience in theft crimes can be instrumental in safeguarding your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.
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