Category: Theft Crimes

Pulling pranks on friends and neighbors can be a good way to get some laughs going, but when your pranks result in felony charges, suddenly things aren’t so funny.

Earlier this year, Andrew Emilious Justice, 32, of Taylorsville, may have been laughing as he stole a 1,000 pound, 3-foot tall rooster statue from a poultry farm in Alexander County. Justice couldn’t move the statute himself, so he enlisted the help of a tractor on a late Saturday night.

Unfortunately, his prank didn’t go so well. A few miles down the road, the chicken [...]

If you are accused of stealing from your job, the employer gets to decide whether or not they would like to press criminal charges against you. If convicted, you may receive jail time or fines.

That, however, is just the beginning. Most likely, you will get fired and lose your source of income. Those accused in North Carolina now have something else to worry about: employers have a new option to take you to civil court. If they win this additional case, they can take even more money out of your pocket.

How [...]

Generally, theft happens when a person takes someone else’s property without their permission and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property.

So, if you go into a clothing store and take a pair of jeans, intending to keep them for your personal use and not return them, you are committing retail theft. But sometimes it’s not so cut-and-dry.

There is a lot of nuance in North Carolina’s laws regarding theft, and it’s essential to understand the terms of a theft charge in order to know how best to fight [...]