There are several different laws in Alabama that prohibit stealing - taking another person's property:
In addition, Alabamans may be charged with theft-related crimes like charitable fraud, criminal trespass or receiving stolen property.
Penalties for theft-related crimes are generally graduated, with the charge depending on the value of the property or money stolen; whether anyone was hurt during the crime; and whether a deadly weapon was used. First-degree burglary and first-degree robbery are Class A felonies because they involve actual or potential harm to others; they carry 10 to 20 years to life, depending on whether a deadly weapon was involved. First-degree theft is a Class B felony carrying two to 20 years in prison. Misdemeanor crimes like shoplifting may draw probation or community service, especially if the accused is a juvenile.
The Fleming Law Offices defend clients accused of all types of theft-related crimes in Alabama and federal courts. These are serious crimes that carry decades of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines. After prison, those convicted face life with a felony record, which often means trouble finding a good job. If you're facing these penalties, it's important to get help from a skilled theft defense lawyer. Call the Fleming Law Office as soon as possible -- we offer free initial consultations, so there's no risk in talking to us about your legal options.