Theft And Property Crimes
In addition to possible jail time, a conviction for theft is a black mark against your character. A good lawyer should try to insulate you from the long-term consequences for employment or education.
The Portland law firm of Levine & McHenry LLC provides experienced criminal defense for serious theft and property crimes. We prepare for trial but leave the door open to alternative resolutions, an approach that has yielded notable results. The earlier we get involved, the greater your options and chances of a favorable outcome.
Portland Criminal Defense Attorneys For Theft Charges
We practice in state and federal courts throughout Oregon, including Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Our experienced law partners, Michael R. Levine and Matthew McHenry, have handled every type of property crime:
- Employee theft and embezzlement
- Fraud and “white collar” crimes
- Computer crimes
- Burglary (home, business, vehicle)
- Damage to property
- Low-level robbery
- Vehicle theft and unauthorized use
- Identity theft and credit card fraud
- Check fraud
- Forgery and possession of forged instruments
- Receiving stolen property
Depending on factors such as the dollar amount, prior convictions or physical encounter with the victims, you may face felony charges. Repeat property offenders may face presumptive prison terms under Oregon’s Measure 57 law.
Whether felony or misdemeanor, theft convictions may affect professional licenses, career paths, job opportunities and even volunteer activities in your community. Our role is to keep you out of jail or prison if possible and to minimize any future impact of a theft arrest.
We will explore your defenses to the charges, from unlawful search and seizure to the prosecution’s ability to tie you to the crime or establish criminal intent. We can and do take cases to trial, and our reputation creates leverage for negotiated outcomes. Many times we can knock a felony offense down to a lesser charge, or reach a civil compromise with the victim to avoid prosecution and a criminal record. These are delicate negotiations that require a nuanced approach. Our lawyers are also skilled at sentence mitigation in connection with plea deals or convictions, and we have a good record in criminal appeals.
If you are under investigation or charged with theft, it is critical to talk to an attorney. Arrange a free consultation with Portland attorneys who regularly handle theft and property crimes.