Theft charges in Kansas

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What is the Kansas Law on Theft?

Statute 21-3701: Theft.

(a) Theft is any of the following acts done with intent to deprive the owner permanently of the possession, use or benefit of the owner's property:
(1) Obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over property;
(2) obtaining by deception control over property;
(3) obtaining by threat control over property; or
(4) obtaining control over stolen property knowing the property to have been stolen by another.
(b) (1) Theft of property of the value of $100,000 or more is a severity level 5, nonperson felony.
(2) Theft of property of the value of at least $25,000 but less than $100,000 is a severity level 7, nonperson felony.
(3) Theft of property of the value of at least $1,000 but less than $25,000 is a severity level 9, nonperson felony.
(4) Theft of property regardless of the value from three separate mercantile establishments within a period of 72 hours as part of the same act or transaction or in two or more acts or transactions connected together or constituting parts of a common scheme or course of conduct is a severity level 9, nonperson felony.
(5) Theft of property of the value of less than $1,000 is a class A nonperson misdemeanor .
(6) Theft of property of the value of less than $1,000 is a severity level 9, nonperson felony if committed by a person who has been convicted of theft two or more times.
(c) Conviction of a violation of a municipal ordinance prohibiting acts which constitute theft as defined by this section shall be considered a conviction of theft for the purpose of determining the number of prior convictions and the classification of the crime under this section.

What is the rage of punishment for a first conviction for Theft?

Determining a accurate range of punishment depends largely on the accused person's criminal history and the specific part of the law they have violated. This is not a univiseral range of punishment and any individual charged with such a crime should look to a an experienced criminal attorney to give them the possible range of punishment that they are subject to.

5-136 Months if charged as a felony

0-12 Months if charged as a misdemeanor

How can a Criminal Defense Attorney help?

The first thing a criminal defense attorney can do is investigate your case. A criminal defense attorney can listen to your side of the story as well as find out what law enforcement is alleging you did and what evidence they have against you. A criminal defense attorney can then give you an accurate analysis of your case and tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your possible defenses. A criminal defense attorney can act on your behalf to minimize any further damage. A defense attorney can advise you on what you need to do, and what you should not do. A criminal defense attorney can take the heavy load of stress surrounding your criminal charges and bring some solidarity and council to your situation.

Should I defend myself?

You would never think of performing brain surgery on yourself, so why would you ever try to defend yourself in a criminal case. When you are charged with a crime, you need help. Your life, liberty, and reputation are on the line and you need to defend them. You need an attorney that knows the ends and outs of the local courts, one that understands criminal procedure and can help achieve the best outcome possible for you. You need an defense attorney that can sit down with you, explain the law and give you accurate legal advice based on your specific facts. You need help and you need it from a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

What does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney on a Theft Case?

Things we consider when determining our Attorney's fee:
(1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2) the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(5) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(6) the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;

We always offer a free consultation. At that consultation, after hearing about your case we can give you an estimate as to Attorney's fees. For many misdemeanor cases we offer a flat rate option for our clients. We frequently make accomidations for payment plans on Attorney's fees.

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