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Theft Attorney Serving St. Louis, Missouri

Facing theft charges in Missouri? It's fair to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn. Trust Bretz Legal, LLC to navigate this daunting journey alongside you.  

Attorney Anthony Bretz doesn't believe in a cookie-cutter approach to criminal defense. Instead, he dedicates his personal time and attention to each client, delving into the specifics of your case to craft a robust, custom defense strategy. He takes the time to ensure you feel heard and understood, guiding you through every step of the legal process with empathy and clarity. At Bretz Legal, LLC, you're not just another case number—you're a valued client who deserves top-tier legal representation. 

Led by the highly knowledgeable Attorney Anthony Bretz, this law firm is situated in St. Louis, Missouri, and proudly serves clients throughout St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and Franklin County. Reach out today to set up a time to discuss your case.

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Understanding Theft Charges in Missouri

Theft in Missouri isn't just a serious offense—it's a broad one, encompassing a range of criminal activities from robbery and burglary to stealing.  

In Missouri, theft charges can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, and each carries different potential penalties. It's crucial to understand these distinctions, and at Bretz Legal, LLC, Attorney Anthony Bretz is well-versed in the nuances of these classifications and their implications. 

Misdemeanor Theft Charges

Misdemeanor theft charges in Missouri typically involve stealing property valued at less than $750. The penalties for a misdemeanor theft conviction vary depending on the classification of the misdemeanor. For a Class A misdemeanor (property valued between $500 and $749), the potential penalties can include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Class B misdemeanors (property valued between $100 and $499) can result in up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, while Class C misdemeanors (property valued less than $100) can lead to up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $750. 

Felony Theft Charges 

Theft becomes a felony in Missouri when the value of the stolen property exceeds $750. The severity of the felony and its corresponding penalties increase with the value of the stolen goods. For example, a Class D felony (property valued between $750 and $25,000) can bring penalties of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If the property's value exceeds $25,000, the crime becomes a Class C felony, which could result in up to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine. 

When faced with theft charges, whether misdemeanor or felony, it's essential to have a knowledgeable and motivated attorney like Anthony Bretz on your side. He's dedicated to providing personalized legal strategies that are easy to understand and focused on your future. Don't hesitate to reach out to Bretz Legal, LLC for a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. 

The Importance of Building a Robust Defense Strategy

At Bretz Legal, LLC, their lawyer believes in a comprehensive approach to theft defense. Attorney Anthony Bretz doesn't just skim the surface—he dives deep, thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding your case. He scrutinizes the evidence, challenges any weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and explores all possible defenses. This meticulous, detail-oriented approach allows them to build a persuasive defense strategy that's as strong as possible. 

Possible Defenses

At Bretz Legal, LLC, Attorney Anthony Bretz doesn't just represent clients facing theft charges—he equips them with knowledge and understanding of their legal options. He's a firm believer that a well-informed client can actively participate in their defense strategy. 

Here are some common defenses to theft charges that Attorney Bretz may explore on your behalf: 

  • Lack of Intent: Arguing that there wasn't any intention to permanently deprive the owner of their property. 

  • Mistaken Identity: Claiming that you've been wrongly identified as the person who committed the theft. 

  • Consent: Asserting that you had permission from the owner to take the property. 

  • Ownership or Right to Property: Asserting that you had a legitimate claim to the property in question. 

  • Entrapment: Claiming that law enforcement induced or coerced you into committing the theft. 

  • Duress: Arguing that you were forced to commit the theft under threat or coercion. 

  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence, arguing it's not enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Bretz Legal, LLC understands the profound impact a theft conviction can have on your life, reputation, and future opportunities. That's why the firm is committed to protecting your rights and ensuring you receive fair treatment under the law.

Theft Attorney Serving St. Louis, Missouri

Don't wait to seek legal representation if you're facing theft charges in Missouri. Contact Bretz Legal, LLC today to schedule an initial consultation. Their experienced attorneys will listen to your story, assess the details of your case, and provide the guidance and advocacy you need. Serving clients in St. Louis, Clayton, St. Charles, Hillsboro, Union, and beyond, let Bretz Legal, LLC fight for your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your theft defense case.