Bellevue Theft Crime Defense Lawyer
Sometimes theft isn't what people, and especially the police, think it is. Someone merely alleging that you have exerted unauthorized control over their property can lead to theft charges even if you've done nothing wrong. Other times people make mistakes. Regardless of what you've done, an experienced attorney can always help to straighten out your situation. If you have been charged with theft, burglary, robbery or another property crime, call (425) 646-7111 or contact my theft crimes defense law firm online for your free initial consultation. I will aggressively defend your rights and interests.
I have defended clients charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes for 30 years. In most cases I find that these cases are highly negotiable through plea bargaining efforts. I have had success seeking out and presenting mitigating factors during pre-trial hearings and at sentencing, which can lead to dismissals, reduced charges and reduced sentences. My negotiating strength comes from a long history and reputation of obtaining not guilty verdicts in the courtroom and dismissals for the following charges:
- Theft 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree
- Burglary 1st and 2nd degree
- Residential Burglary
- Criminal Trespass 1st and 2nd degree
- Vehicle Prowling 1st and 2nd degree
- Unlawful Issuance of Checks
- Theft of Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Stolen Vehicle
- Taking Motor Vehicle without permission 1st and 2nd degree
- Theft of Rental, Leased or Loaned Property
- Extortion 1st and 2nd degree
- Possessing Stolen Property 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree
- Robbery 1st and 2nd degree
- Theft of a Firearm
- Possessing a Stolen Firearm
- Violation of The Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA)
- ID Theft
- Theft From a Vulnerable Adult 1st and 2nd degree
- Malicious Mischief
All of the above offenses are subject to sentencing enhancements which can increase the standard sentencing range depending on the type of aggravating circumstance which enhances the sentence.This is especially so if the prosecution alleges the crime was committed with a firearm or other deadly weapon. It is critical to hire an experienced attorney who can navigate these types of aggravating circumstances to prevent a lengthy jail or prison sentence. I have that experience.
I also have experience creatively working with prosecutors to keep crimes off criminal records of first time offenders and those without a long criminal history. This can be accomplished through counseling, restitution or mitigation. Clients undergoing counseling are usually placed in the best light for the prosecution and the court. Immediate restitution may reduce or result in the dismissal of your charges upon payment in smaller, less serious cases.
It is essential to speak with a defense lawyer ready to fight for your rights and represent your best interests. I have represented clients and understand the system from both the prosecution and defense point of view, giving me a keen sense of what the other side is thinking. Call (425) 646-7111 to receive a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your situation. Evening and weekend appointments are available and I accept all major credit cards for your convenience.
Free consultation: Contact me, attorney John J. Polito, for a no-cost assessment of your case and your options. From my office in Bellevue, Washington, I serve clients in Seattle, King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County. I accept all major credit cards for your convenience. Please call my office at (425) 646-7111, or my cell phone at (206) 371-9870.