Cambridge Theft Crimes Lawyer
In Massachusetts, theft may be prosecuted under a variety of criminal statutes, depending on the circumstances of the alleged theft, including the amount or item allegedly stolen, the manner in which the defended allegedly committed the crime, and from where or from whom the money or item was allegedly stolen. Theft crimes may be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies, in State District Court, Superior Court, or Federal District Court. To combat these allegations or charges, retain a Massachusetts Theft Crimes Lawyer.
Contact a Cambridge, MA Criminal Lawyer
We have successfully defended hundreds of individuals accused of various types of theft, including cases involving highly complex and document-intensive evidence. Attorney Kevn J. Mahoney is an accomplished trial lawyer and Attorney David J. Ionson has MBA specializing in international business, operations management and entrepreneurship, and an M.S. degree in accounting. Together, they are a formidable team.
History of Theft Prosecution
Decades ago, what constituted theft was much more narrowly construed. An individual employing deceit, fraud or “cleverness” to induce another to part with money or property was not necessarily considered criminal. In short, an individual was expected to exercise conscientiousness in his business transactions and if the other party to the transaction had duped him, the government would not prosecute the other party. As the number and scope of criminal statutes has expanded, the government has increasingly pursued the “clever” under a myriad of theories. Indeed, today it is difficult, if not impossible, to conduct one’s affairs without running afoul of a State or Federal statute. An experienced and knowledgable Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer is best qualified to advise and protect you for criminal prosecution.
Our State and Federal legislatures are constantly revising criminal codes and statutes in an effort to keep pace with new and evolving technologies, such as cyber crimes. Legislatures also broaden definitions and close “loopholes” to prevent individuals who, while acting within legal parameters, violate the spirit of existing laws.
Cambridge Criminal Attorneys Defending Theft Crimes
Theft crimes are often prosecuted as:
- Larceny From a Person
- Larceny by False Pretenses
- Larceny by Check
- Robbery and Armed Robbery
- Breaking and Entering
- Home Invasion
- Buying or Receiving Stolen Merchandise
- Auto Theft
- Bank robbery
If the individual allegedly committed the theft through fraud, the theft may be prosecuted as:
The Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant took assets belonging to another person, that such assets belonged to a person other than the defendant, and that the defendant took such assets with the objective to deny the owner of the asset.
Larceny from the Person
Larceny from the person is similar to larceny, but the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant took the belonging(s) of another person while the aforementioned belonging(s) is/were in the other person’s presence and control.
Larceny by False Pretense
The Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant made a false statement of fact, knowing full well that such statement was false, and to convince the alleged victim to part with his property.
Contact a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Cambridge Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Mahoney Criminal Defense Group are skilled, analytical, tough and relentless. If you have been accused or charged with any type of theft in Boston or the surrounding area, call us at 617-492-0055 to schedule a free in-office consultation with Attorney Kevin J. Mahoney.