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Theft Crimes

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  • Stealing a Motor Vehicle Charges Dismissed

    A man was charged with a felony for stealing a motor vehicle. The state waited two years to file the charges and Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to a new law that reclassifies this as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The state also missed the one-year statute of limitations. which means they had no choice but to dismiss the charges.

  • Felony Theft Charges Dismissed

    A man charged with stealing unemployment benefits from the State of Missouri in 2010 was unaware of this charge until 2016. He was caught off guard and hired Attorney Muhlenkamp. Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss and the state dismissed the charges two days later.

  • Felony Offense of Writing a Bad Check Charges Dismissed

    A woman charged with a felony offense of writing a bad check over 20 years ago was recently facing prosecution. Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss charges due to her speedy trial rights being violated along with the state failing to meet the proper statute of limitations. The court granted Muhlenkamp’s motion and dismissed the case.

  • Stealing Thousand Dollars Worth of Goods Charges Dismissed

    Felony stealing charges were found as a misunderstood business transaction after Mr. Muhlenkamp filed numerous discovery motions showing the charges were going nowhere. The State dismissed the case.

  • Two Counts of Robbery in the First Degree Case Dismissed

    A St. Louis County man was charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, felonies that carried a potential sentence of life in prison. The alleged victim’s prior identification of Mr. Muhlenkamp’s client was only the product of a Facebook search on his friend’s cellphone that proved to be completely unreliable. The judge dismissed the case and the State agreed not to reissue charges.


St. Louis Theft Crimes Attorney

Representation for Misdemeanor & Felony Theft

Theft crimes can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. Regardless of your specific situation, any criminal conviction can result in a criminal record that will impact your life now and in the future. At Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, our theft crime attorneys in St. Louis provide skilled legal representation to clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges.

If you are accused of theft, call (314) 347-3313 or contact us online to discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer in our St. Louis office.

What are Missouri's Theft Classifications?

Missouri law defines theft as taking property or services from another with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. Theft may result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on what was taken and the value of the property.

We defend clients facing theft charges that include:

  • Class A Misdemeanor Theft – Taking or receiving stolen property valued at less than $500
  • Class D Felony Theft – Stealing another person’s animal
  • Class C Felony Theft – Property valued between $500 and $25,000, taking property from the person of the victim, or theft of a motor vehicle, firearm, explosive weapon, livestock, legislative instruments, historical documents, certain chemicals, or controlled substances
  • Class B Felony Theft – Property valued at more than $25,000

A conviction for a theft charge can result in criminal and civil penalties. In addition to the penalties imposed in criminal court, you may be civilly liable to the other for the property and required to pay restitution for the full retail value of the merchandise, incidental costs to the owner, and court costs.

Types of Property Crimes

Property crime can include many different charges, including:

  • Property damage
  • Destruction of property
  • Robbery
  • Burglary

These charges carry severe consequences if convicted, as they are “aggravated theft” crimes that threaten another’s safety, making them more serious. If you are convicted of a violent crime, you will have to serve 85 percent of your sentence. Additionally, property crimes such as property damage usually have some element of restitution involved. If a plea becomes necessary, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law can work to reduce any restitution owed to the victim, putting you in the best position to successfully complete your probation.

Personal Attention for Your Case

Our law firm offers the experienced criminal defense representation and resources of a large firm with the personalized attention and compassionate counsel of a small boutique law firm. Our theft crime lawyers in St. Louis take an individualized approach to every case. As your advocate, we will evaluate the facts of your case and evidence against you to develop the most effective strategy for your defense.

Get the legal advice you need in a free consultation. Call (314) 347-3313 to schedule an appointment.

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    Anthony Muhlenkamp
    Anthony Muhlenkamp (feel free to call him Tony) has been practicing law since 2003. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2000 with a business degree, then headed west to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his law school experience—especially criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy—he could not stand the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. There was something about spending four ...
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    Tory Bernsen
    Tory Dowd Bernsen is a partner at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law. She focuses on criminal defense, DWI, and appellate advocacy. Tony Muhlenkamp and Tory first began working together at a large criminal defense firm in St. Louis in 2008. They represented clients for several years on numerous matters, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. During that time, they developed a trusted relationship which enabled them to work well together and advocate effectively for their ...

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