Baltimore Theft and Shoplifting Lawyer
Owning up to a theft and offering restitution can be part of a favorable resolution. But this should not be your first step. Even if you were caught “red-handed,” get advice from an experienced criminal defense before making any statements.
The Law Offices of Craig M. Kadish in Baltimore has represented clients across Maryland in the full range of theft crimes, from stealing one small item to stealing a car or corporate funds. Contact us immediately to discuss opportunities to fight the charges or work out a deal that limits the impact.
Maryland Employee Theft Charge Attorney
Attorney Craig Kadish brings over 20 years of criminal defense experience to fight such charges as:
- Shoplifting/retail theft
- Employee theft
- Bad checks
- Auto theft
- Stolen checks or credit cards
- Receiving stolen property
Avoiding the Worst Consequences
There are three levels of theft charges in Maryland, with escalating penalties for conviction.
- Stealing money or property valued at $500 or greater is a felony and punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- If the value is less than $500, the charge is “only” a misdemeanor, but carries a possible jail term of up to 18 months.
- Under a new law, theft of less than $100 in money or merchandise is a lesser misdemeanor with a maximum of 90 days in jail.
Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude — a judgment that you are a dishonest person. Thus a theft conviction can affect immigration status, college entrance, loan applications or employment opportunities (especially jobs handling money). It also means your conviction can be brought up to question your credibility when you testify in court on any matter (a lawsuit, a divorce, etc.).
Mr. Kadish will exhaust every defense to clear you of the charges. We obtain store surveillance tapes, challenge witnesses who identified you as the thief and examine whether your rights were violated during detention, arrest, questioning or a search of your person or property. We can and do take cases to trial, especially when clients face the most severe consequences under sentencing guidelines.
If the case against you is solid, we may argue mitigating circumstances (addiction, financial problems) or take proactive steps such as restitution to gain leniency. We explore strategies such as court-approved programs to avoid a criminal record, such as probation before judgment.
We Fight for That Second Chance
Contact us online or Call the Law Offices of Craig M. Kadish at 410-837-0020 for a free consultation. We have offices in Baltimore and Westminster. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.