Providing defense for theft of intangibles
When you think of the crime of theft, you usually think of one person illicitly carrying away the property of another. But even though it does not involve tangible property, theft of services in Utah is just as serious of a crime as stealing an object of equivalent value. Moreover, Utah law imposes additional civil penalties and restitution requirements on those convicted of stealing certain services. If you have been charged with this crime, promptly contacting an attorney in Utah is your best chance for avoiding fines, civil penalties, possible imprisonment and a criminal record. Intermountain Legal has handled numerous theft of service cases under various circumstances and has a long record of success in obtaining favorable results for our clients. We understand how stressful the criminal process can be and make every effort to keep you informed throughout.
How theft of services charges work
As far as fines and imprisonment are concerned, Utah law makes no distinction between theft of services and theft of tangible property. The severity of the offense generally depends on the value of the property or services appropriated. However, some aggravating factors may apply as well:
- Less than $500 — Class B misdemeanor
- Between $500 and $1,499 — Class A misdemeanor
- Between $1,500 and $4,999 — third-degree felony
- Over $5,000 — second-degree felony
Theft of services can take many forms, including seemingly innocuous ones such as stealing cable television or other utilities. Even possessing or distributing devices used to steal services is a separate and distinct crime. And those convicted may face additional civil liability for restitution in addition to the fines and other penalties received in the criminal case. Do not underestimate the severity of this type of crime. If you have been charged, contact Intermountain Legal immediately.
There are many approaches our attorneys can take to defending clients against these types of charges. Because they can sometimes be more difficult to prove than comparable charges for theft of tangible property, a skilled defense attorney has more leverage in negotiating with prosecutors and more bases for forming persuasive arguments should the case ultimately go to trial. Having former prosecutors on our staff, the team at Intermountain Legal has access to a wealth of practical knowledge about how prosecutors function. This enables us to negotiate on behalf of our clients and resolve their cases more efficiently.
Call our Salt Lake City firm for a free consultation regarding theft charges
Intermountain Legal has helped numerous clients facing theft charges of all types gain favorable results in the criminal justice system. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.