Criminal Defense For White Collar Crime
In Georgia, theft and fraud charges are divided into several distinct categories based on how and where the crime is committed. The penalties for these crimes are generally based on the amount of money involved. Theft and fraud charges involving amounts under $1,500 are misdemeanors; $1,500 and up are felonies. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to combine fraud charges with theft charges, resulting in larger fines and longer sentences.
At Crosby Law, we understand the tactics used by prosecutors. We have decades of experience fighting fraud and theft charges, and we know the impact it can have on your life.
Defending Robbery And Burglary Charges
The main difference between robbery and burglary charges is that robbery is a crime against a person and burglary is considered a crime against a residence or business. Another major difference is that to get a robbery conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an actual taking of property occurred by snatching or force or with a weapon or perception of a weapon in the case of an armed robbery. For a burglary conviction, it is only necessary to prove that you had the intention of committing a theft or felony after entering a building without permission.
We understand the nuances of robbery and burglary laws in Georgia. Charges we regularly defend clients against include:
- Armed robbery
- Home invasion
Defending Fraud And Forgery Charges
In its most basic form, fraud is when one person intentionally lies to another to gain something they’re not entitled to. The two most common charges in this category are check forgery and credit card fraud. Check forgery can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on prior convictions and the dollar amount of the checks forged. Credit card fraud can involve both the theft and the use of another’s credit card without permission.
Fraud charges and theft charges are often combined to increase the penalties against a defendant. We regularly fight to eliminate or reduce these charges. Fraud and forgery charges we regularly defend include:
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Deposit account fraud
- Financial transaction card fraud/theft
Defending Theft Charges In Georgia
Georgia law does not have an overarching definition of theft that breaks down into charges based on the value of stolen property. Instead, theft is broken down into a group of specific categories based on how the theft was carried out. Theft charges we regularly defend include:
- Theft by deception
- Theft by taking
- Theft by receiving