Aggressive Rapid City Attorney Defends Clients Accused of Theft
Experienced advocate advises individuals charged with stealing
Whether you’re accused of shoplifting or felony robbery, you deserve a strong defender to confront theft allegations. At the Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. in Rapid City, I am a tough criminal defense attorney who pursues justice on behalf of clients throughout western South Dakota. Formerly a public defender and now in private practice, I have secured dismissals, acquittals and favorable plea agreements for individuals facing all types of allegations. If you’ve been charged with stealing property or services, you deserve a strong defense: I will conduct a thorough investigation and protect your rights while providing the experienced counsel you are entitled to.
Knowledgeable lawyer handles South Dakota theft and robbery cases
South Dakota has simplified its criminal statutes relating to theft. Rather than prohibiting various types of stealing, the law is organized into the following categories:
- Petty theft — If the allegedly stolen property or service is valued at less than $1,000, the relevant charge is misdemeanor petty theft. First-degree petty theft, for property valued at more than $400, carries a maximum jail sentence of up to one year. Restitution can also be ordered.
- Grand theft — South Dakota law mandates felony grand theft charges for cases where the value of the property at issue exceeds $1,000 or where a firearm is allegedly taken. Sentencing can include a prison term of up to 15 years if the property is valued between $100,000 and $500,000.
- Aggravated grand theft — This count relates to crimes where an item worth more than $500,000 is allegedly taken. As a Class 2 felony, the maximum incarceration is 25 years.
- Robbery — Accusations of stealing thorough the use or threat of physical force cannot be taken lightly. As a former public defender, I know the flaws and shortcuts that law enforcement officers often take when trying to prove these claims, and I can provide a tenacious defense for clients facing these serious charges.
If you have been charged with one of these crimes, any delay could seriously harm your defense. My criminal defense law firm offers a free initial consultation so that you can obtain immediate legal support.
Accomplished firm challenges police and prosecutors in larceny matters
Even if police and prosecutors claim to have a strong case against you, I can work to find potential factual and legal defenses, such as mistakes or an honest claim of ownership. Witnesses often misremember key details, and supposed evidence can be more prejudicial than useful. I am committed to safeguarding my clients’ fundamental rights in every case, including those relating to:
- Embezzlement — I am able to challenge complex allegations on behalf of people who are accused of misappropriating funds from their employer or another organization.
- Theft by extortion, deception or threat — Obtaining someone’s property through fraud or by threatening physical or reputational harm qualifies as theft under South Dakota law. These prosecutions are often based on flimsy or misinterpreted evidence. My firm can help unearth the truth.
- Receiving stolen property — If you receive, retain or dispose of items you believe to have been stolen, you can face theft charges. If you’ve been accused of this offense, I will work vigorously to demonstrate that the elements necessary for conviction don’t exist.
- Theft of lost property — Finding property that you know has been lost can be considered theft if you do not take reasonable measures to find the true owner.
No matter what your particular theft charge entails, I will stand up to the authorities and exhaust all possible defenses that exist.
Contact a dedicated South Dakota theft defense attorney for a free initial consultation
The Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. represents western South Dakota clients accused of theft and other types of crimes. Please call (605) 519-5862 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Rapid City office.