Theft is the unlawful taking of property from another person. Theft crimes are considered property crimes and range from low-level misdemeanors to major felonies. Theft charges in Oregon include crimes of shoplifting, petty theft, employee theft, embezzlement and auto theft.
Types of Theft Charges
Oregon law provides four primary theft crimes:
A conviction for Third Degree Theft (“Theft III”) is a Class C Misdemeanor and is charged when an individual steals something valued under $100.
A conviction for Second Degree Theft (“Theft II”) is a Class A Misdemeanor and is charged when an individual steals property with a value between $100 and $1,000.
A conviction for First Degree Theft (“Theft I”) is a Class C Felony and is typically charged under any of the following circumstances: taking property with a value over $1,000; stealing a firearm or explosive; taking someone’s pet or livestock; stealing during a riot or other disaster; selling or buying property known to be stolen.
Aggravated Theft I
A conviction for First Degree Aggravated Theft is a Class B Felony, and is charged when one takes property with a value over $10,000.
Burglary in Oregon is the entering into a place, without permission, with the intent to commit any crime. An individual does not need to steal something to be charged with Burglary. The intent to commit any crime after entering a place without permission, including assaulting another person, can result in a Burglary charge. A Burglary conviction can result in a significant prison sentence. The defense attorneys at Boender & Payment have a long history of defending clients charged with Burglary offenses under many different circumstances. We have successful practical experience and employ a variety of strategic tools that you need on your side when defending against a Burglary charge. Contact our law office for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.