Experienced Annapolis Grand Theft Defense Attorney for the Representation Your Case Deserves
Diligently fighting grand theft charges in Maryland
Every theft charge is serious, but a grand theft accusation is particularly troublesome. A conviction not only results in prison time, but it can also affect your ability to secure future employment and adequately provide for your family.
I am Gill Andrew Cochran, and I know you have much to lose. That is why I work hard to defend your innocence. If you are facing grand theft charges, contact a skilled Annapolis grand theft defense attorney at Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law as soon as possible to discuss your case.
What turns a simple theft into grand theft
The state of Maryland views theft as one general crime category. However, the value of the item stolen determines whether the crime is classified as a petit theft or grand theft. Grand theft applies for items valued at $1000 or more. It is a felony charge and the potential penalties are as follows:
- A value between $1,000 and $10,000 can result in 10 years’ prison time, with a $10,000 fine.
- A value between $10,000 and $100,000 can result in 15 years’ prison time, with a $15,000 fine.
- A value of $100,000 or more can result in a 25-year jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.
The consequences of a theft conviction extend further than the jail or prison sentence, or the fine. A theft conviction on your record may also negatively impact your career and professional aspirations.
A knowledgeable Annapolis grand theft defense attorney works diligently to achieve a positive outcome. Whether you want to plea bargain down to a lesser charge or fight for an acquittal in court, Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law fights for you.
Seasoned defense to serious motor vehicle theft allegations
Motor vehicle theft is a common form of grand theft within Maryland. Sometimes referred to as “grand theft auto,” this offense has become so popular that it inspired a series of video games. But there is nothing fun about the potential penalties of a motor vehicle theft conviction. The maximum possible punishment is five years in prison and a $5000 fine. The state defines this crime as the knowing and willing taking of a motor vehicle out of the lawful owner’s possession and control. This applies even when the accused takes the car joyriding with the intention to return it when finished.
An experienced Annapolis grand theft lawyer knows how to effectively defend against motor vehicle theft charges. Consent is one possible defense. If the owner gave you permission to use the car, then a willful taking did not occur. Ownership also effectively counters this charge, which is commonly the issue in cases involving estranged or divorced spouses.
Trust your case to an experienced Annapolis grand theft defense attorney
Facing these serious grand theft charges is a daunting experience for anyone. Allow Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law to put years of experience to work in your case. If you are facing grand theft charges, contact me today at 410-271-1892 or complete my contact form to schedule a confidential consultation.
And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew