Stealing over $750 and receiving stolen property are felonies in Missouri. In St. Louis area courts, these are typically probation cases unless there are extenuating circumstances. Receiving stolen property has recently been used as a work around on stealing cases due to a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that limited certain theft cases to a misdemeanor.
Resolving stealing cases, much like child support, is often about the money. Restitution can be key to reaching a favorable resolution.
If you or a loved one are facing theft charges, call (314) 456-4567 to discuss.
- Stealing over $750 reduced to misdemeanor Defendant was accused of stealing approximately $14,000 from an employer. The initial recommendation was probation with a felony conviction. However, due to when the alleged theft took place and a court ruling in 2016, attorney Richard Lozano argued and the State agreed that the defendant could not be charged with a felony. After further investigation, the State agreed to also drop its demand for restitution. Defendant received a suspended imposition of sentence (no conviction) and did not have to pay restitution.
- Stealing over $750 (second offense) Defendant was accused of stealing numerous items. Because defendant had a prior felony guilty plea, the State recommended a felony conviction and shock incarceration. By agreement, defendant paid restitution in advance and received a suspended imposition of sentence and no jail time.
- Receiving stolen property Defendant was charged with stealing property and selling at a pawn shop. By agreement, defendant paid restitution in advance and received a misdemeanor suspended imposition of sentence.