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Larceny, Theft, and Burglary Attorney in Norwalk, CT

Connecticut Lawyer Defends Property Crimes

There are two major categories of crimes: crimes against people and crimes against property. Larceny, theft, and burglary are all examples of crimes against property. Many believe that property crimes are less severe because they do not involve violence or a threat of violence against a victim. Howe’ver, Connecticut law treats crimes against property very seriously and convicted offenders may face harsh penalties, such as extensive fines and jail time.

The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael R. Corsello, LLC assist people facing property crime charges in Connecticut. Michael Corsello has 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer and has handled all types of criminal cases, from minor violations to murder. If you are facing charges for larceny, theft, or burglary in Connecticut, Michael Corsello can assist you.

Larceny and Theft Cases in Norwalk, CT

Many property crimes involve the accused taking another person’s money or personal property without permission. For example, Section 53a-119 of the Connecticut Penal Code defines the crime of larceny as wrongfully taking, obtaining, or withholding property from its owner, with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. In Connecticut, theft and larceny are generally synonymous as the terms refer to the same type of crime.

Some examples of larceny under Connecticut law include the following:

  • Embezzlement;
  • Obtaining property by false pretenses or promises;
  • Extortion;
  • Taking property that was delivered by mistake or lost;
  • Theft of services, such as from a restaurant, hotel, or comparable establishment;
  • Accepting false benefits;
  • Receiving stolen property;
  • Shoplifting;
  • Failing to return a rented or leased vehicle or other property;
  • Taking property by fraudulent use of an ATM;
  • Library theft;
  • Theft of utility services;
  • Theft of motor fuel; and
  • Failing to pay for transportation services.

Depending on the circumstances of the case, larceny crimes may be charged as a Class C misdemeanor all the way up to a Class B felony, largely depending on the value of the stolen property. For this reason, penalties for larceny/theft crimes may range from up to 3 months in jail and/or a $500 fine, to up to 20 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine.

Experienced Burglary Defense Lawyer in Norwalk, Connecticut

Burglary involves entering a building or a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. Contrary to popular belief, the intended crime does not necessarily have to be a theft crime for burglary charges to be issued. Under Connecticut Code Sections 53a-101 to 103a, there are three different degrees of burglary, which range from Class D to Class B felony charges:

  • Burglary in the 3rd degree applies anytime someone unlawfully enters a building or dwelling.
  • Burglary in the 2nd degree applies when someone allegedly enters a dwelling at nighttime or anytime someone is at home.
  • Burglary in the 1st degree applies when someone intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily injury on another person while attempting to commit the offense or while fleeing.

In addition, the state requires mandatory jail time if the offender was armed with a deadly weapon.

Contact a Fairfield Property Crimes Attorney

If you are facing larceny, theft, or burglary charges in Connecticut, you should not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Corsello, LLC as soon as possible. Michael Costello brings his years of experiences to the table in order to provide the highest quality representation and will fight to protect your rights.