In 1980, the State of Virginia increased the threshold for felony charges to $200. Despite inflation in the years since, government leaders have not yet conceded another raise is necessary. At the law firm of Ronald E. Smith, P.C., our experts understand the legal ramifications of Virginia's larceny and theft legislation.
When Virginia residents like you face larceny charges, you may wonder about the impact a conviction could have on your life. Unfortunately, all convictions will leave a negative imprint behind. For this reason, those facing such criminal charges may wish to turn to Ronald E Smith PC. He works to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the charges you're up against.
Sometimes, the decisions made at certain points of life are not always ones to be proud of. Due to a number of factors, including poverty, poor health and the threat of bankruptcy, many Virginia residents commit acts of theft that can permanently ruin their personal and professional reputations. While the intentions of such crimes may initially seem benign, the state handles larceny seriously. All the same, theft is a common crime in Virginia, but the ways courts address cases can depend on each individual situation.
In the current state of the economy, municipalities and other government entities are having to find ways to cut costs so they can stay within budget. It seems like a bit of a ridiculous story when you read a headline stating that a middle school student is facing charges over an incident involving a $.65 carton of milk.
Whether you are charged with an attempted crime, which we discussed last week, or a crime that was completed, you need to understand what your rights are and what options you have. When you are first arrested, you were likely read your Miranda rights. Making sure that you understand those and invoke them is crucial. You don't want to answer questions by detectives or police officers that might lead to self-incrimination.
If you are trying to commit a crime and don't actually get to commit that crime, you might still face criminal charges for an attempted crime. Even though the charge that you face might not seem as serious as what was possible if you were successful in the commission of the crime, there is still a chance that you could face significant penalties and consequences if you are convicted.
Criminal charges can be frightening, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the allegations are. You might be paralyzed with the thought that your life is ending and that you will serve jail time. Life isn't over just because you are facing criminal charges, but you do have to take action and control of the process.