Stealing is a very common crime here in Maryland and around the country. The reasons are varied, but the punishment often has the same result in that it can significantly impact a person’s life. This is true whether the person actually committed the offense or has been falsely accused. In either case, it is important for that person to have a strong criminal defense strategy. A man who was recently arrested for theft twice in one day will likely need to keep this in mind as anyone in this situation may experience negative consequences if convicted.
Police say that the man was first arrested on a recent morning at a local store. Officers responded to a call for a theft in progress and arrested a man as he left the business. They charged him with theft for allegedly stealing laundry detergent valued at $137. After giving him a ticket, the man was released.
Less than an hour later, police say that they were called to another store for a report of an ongoing theft. They claim that the same man was the suspect and stole seafood that totaled almost $200. They charged him with theft once again and this time took the suspect in for booking. They say they decided to release him on his own recognizance.
People sometimes assume that if they are charged with a nonviolent crime, like theft, that any punishment they receive won’t be that severe. However, that is often not the case, as this type of crime may be punished by a prison sentence, fine or probation, depending on the circumstances. The man in this case could face harsher punishment if convicted on both counts of theft or even have difficulty obtaining employment after fulfilling his sentence. Here in Maryland, those in a similar situation may want to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to have the best chance at reducing the potential impact upon their lives.