Many people work incredibly hard to afford their possessions, whether it’s something as simple as a new book or as extravagant as a designer jacket. As such, theft is considered a severe crime in Oklahoma. If you’ve been charged with felony theft, you may not know the consequences you can face if convicted. The following blog explores what you must know about these charges and why it’s in your best interest to connect with an Oklahoma City felony defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances.

What Constitutes Theft?

In Oklahoma, theft is officially referred to as larceny. Larceny is an umbrella term that encompasses a considerable amount of crimes. However, someone commits larceny when they take another person’s property by fraud or stealth. The intention must be to permanently deprive the owner of the item.

This crime encompasses shoplifting, theft, embezzlement, and fraud.

What Consequences Can I Face for Felony Theft?

If you’ve been charged with felony theft, you can face a myriad of consequences if convicted of this crime. The penalties you can face will depend on the value of the property taken. Generally, anything valued at less than $1,000 is deemed petit larceny, warranting a misdemeanor offense.

Anything worth over $1,000 is considered grand larceny, which is a felony charge. Generally, if you stole someone worth $1,000 to $2,500, you can face up to two years in prison. Anything between $2,500 and $15,000 warrants up to five years in jail. Larceny of anything valued at more than $15,000 carries a potential for eight years in prison.

You should also understand that the property taken and the circumstances surrounding the crime can influence the penalties you can face. For example, if the item stolen was a firearm, you stole from another person at night or committed larceny in a house, you can face increased penalties.

What Should I Do if I’m Placed Under Arrest?

If placed under arrest for larceny, understanding the steps you must take to protect yourself is critical. Generally, the first thing you should do is comply with the officers. Any attempt to object can be twisted as resisting arrest, which can bring about additional charges.

However, though you are physically complying with the officers, you do not have to and should not say anything to the officers. If you try to convince them of your innocence, you may accidentally say something incriminating that can later be held against you. As such, you should invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent until you have consulted an experienced lawyer.

At the Jones Firm, PLLC, we understand how complex these matters can be, which is why we will do everything in our power to assist you through these complicated legal matters. Our dedicated team will explore all possible avenues to determine the best outcome for your circumstances. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you through these items.