Thousands of individuals are charged with fraud and theft crimes in Virginia every year. The Virginia State Police say that a property-related crime is reported approximately once every two minutes, ranging from simple petit larceny to more complex embezzlement charges. Regardless of whether you simply made a mistake or a misunderstanding led to your arrest, if you have been charged with theft, fraud, embezzlement, or another similar crime, you are facing a very serious legal offense. These crimes can have significant consequences for you and those you love, and it is important to get started protecting your rights as soon as possible.
At Manikas Law LLC, attorney Kyle Manikas and his legal team offer aggressive legal representation. A former prosecutor, Kyle has a unique perspective and practical experience that help him provide comprehensive and effective legal guidance.
Types of Theft and Fraud Cases Our Fairfax Defense Attorney Handles
A criminal defense lawyer at Manikas Law LLC can help if you are charged with property-related crimes in Virginia. Our legal team has experience in a wide variety of theft and fraud cases, and we’ve helped many others just like you successfully move forward with their lives. We defend cases involving:
- Theft, grand larceny, or petit larceny
- Shoplifting or concealment of merchandise
- Receiving stolen goods
- Computer theft and fraud offenses
- Issuing bad checks
- Identity theft and identity fraud
- Credit card theft, forgery, or fraud
- Petit larceny third or subsequent offense
- Larceny with intent to sell
- Receipt of a stolen vehicle
- Unauthorized use of a vehicle
- White collar crimes
Regardless of what crime you are charged with, regardless of whether it is your first offense or a second or subsequent offense, a criminal defense lawyer at Manikas Law LLC will offer you a free consultation to discuss your legal situation and see how our firm can help.
The Legal Consequences of a Theft or Fraud Conviction in Virginia
If you have been charged with a theft or fraud offense in Fairfax County, Prince William County, or elsewhere in Northern Virginia, you are likely facing very serious consequences. The threshold between a misdemeanor and felony theft or fraud offense is quite low in Virginia. Therefore, you may be facing substantial jail time if you are charged with a felony. Many felony charges carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. In some courts, prosecutors seek active jail time even for a first offense misdemeanor shoplifting charge. A conviction can also result in significant fines and probation time.
Additionally, many theft and fraud charges are considered crimes of moral turpitude, which is a legal notion that addresses the type of behavior that is considered socially acceptable. Conviction of a crime of moral turpitude can affect one’s ability to secure employment in the future and impact citizenship status for immigrants.
Experienced, Aggressive Representation to Protect Your Future
The attorneys at Manikas Law LLC have handled thousands of criminal cases. We are experienced negotiators and trial lawyers, and we will offer a vigorous defense on your behalf. We work diligently to obtain the best possible result for our clients.
Theft, fraud, and embezzlement offenses can be complex and, like many Virginia charges, cannot be expunged from your legal record once you are convicted. The charges are based on a number of factors, including:
- The value of the property
- The nature of the theft
- The type of property
- The intent of the accused
An experienced defense attorney can work to minimize the negative consequences, however, by using his understanding of the law to address each of these elements. We will investigate your case and explore every possible legal option to ensure you are able to obtain the best possible legal outcome.
Contact Our Fairfax Defense Attorney Today
At Manikas Law LLC, our legal team works hard to offer premiere legal representation to those charged with a crime in Virginia. We offer practical, effective advice. We never pressure or offer a sales pitch.
To speak with a Virginia theft and fraud crimes criminal defense lawyer about a charge in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Alexandria, or elsewhere in northern Virginia, contact Manikas Law LLC by phone or email to schedule an appointment.