If you've been arrested for Robbery, Burglary or Larceny
Theft crimes in Rhode Island have very serious consequences depending on the classification of the crime. It is critical that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, such as Ann Sheeley, as soon as possible after arrest so we can begin devising a defense strategy and preparing your case.
Criminal investigation is generally the first indication that authorities have you in their sights as a target. You should always have a lawyer present during questioning to ensure you do not say anything that could result in self-incrimination.
From questioning or interrogation through arrest, and throughout the criminal justice process, Sheeley Law will defend your rights, whether advocating for case dismissal, reduced charges, acquittal or a plea bargain.
Robbery is the felonious and forcible taking of property (goods or money) from another by violent means or means that wreak fear into the victim. Rhode Island carries a maximum incarceration time of life in prison, and in conjunction with the incarceration time a fine of $15,000 may also be applied by the court.
Burglary is any unlawful entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime. There are many factors that will influence the sentence for such a crime, such as:
Whether the breaking and entry were committed at separate times
Whether there was felonious intent
The potential penalties for a burglary conviction include a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Larceny is the removal of personal property of another with the intention of depriving the owner of possession. In Rhode Island, there are two classifications of larceny, property under $500 in value and property over $500 in value, and the difference in punishment is severe.
For larceny involving property valued under $500, the maximum possible jail sentence is one year. For larceny involving property valued over $500, the maximum possible jail sentence is 10 years. A fine may also be imposed by the court.
Sheeley Law is a results-oriented law firm and will thoroughly evaluate your case to get you the best possible outcome.