In the state of Utah, theft crimes can vary in severity and might be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony. Theft is typically defined as depriving another person, business or institution of their money or property without their permission.
Petty theft is rarely applied as a felony or it can plea bargained down to a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, if the alleged theft was perpetrated with the threat of force, an exercise of fear, intimidation, or the display of a weapon it is often charged as a felony.
In a case like this, you should turn to the professional legal services of Dennis Pawelek and the associates at Pawelek Law. We will investigate the situation and the testimony of witnesses. This will include a thorough examination of the law enforcement procedures used during their investigation and arrest.
In some of these cases, the threat of force or the simple possession of a weapon without overt display can be subjective. In a situation like this, it might be possible for Dennis Pawelek to argue or plea bargain the charge down to a misdemeanor. This can significantly reduce potential sentences, fines, or restitution requirements.
If you have been charged with petty theft or armed robbery in the Wasatch Front region, you should call 801-722-8918 to set up a consultation with Dennis Pawelek and the associates at Pawelek Law.