In the United States, theft is defined as the illegal taking of another person’s property without that person’s freely-given consent. It has become something of a blanket term that covers all major crimes against property such as embezzlement, larceny, looting, bank robbery, and fraud. It is important to note that consent must be freely-given. It does not count as consent if a person has a gun held to their head. There is a coercive element there and so consent is not freely-given.
If you have been charged with theft in a Federal Court, it’s probably a slightly more serious offense than something in a state court. As such, it is imperative to retain the services of a competent Clearwater federal criminal lawyer with experience in federal courts. Contact the Clearwater federal theft attorneys of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, PLLC. Their firm has extensive experience in federal courts.
Types of Offenses
Federal theft crimes encompass a very narrow area. The crimes prosecuted in federal courts generally affect interstate commerce or federal agencies. As this is the case, the majority of theft cases are prosecuted by state agencies.
Title 18, Chapter 31 of the US Code details all areas that are considered to be theft by the federal government. The majority of topics listed under Chapter 31 concern the actions by federal employees concerning money and deposits. The Code also includes provisions for cattle and livestock theft, theft of major artwork, theft or embezzlement in connection with healthcare, theft or bribery involving the use of Federal funds.