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Today’s topic of discussion concerns the crime of theft of services.
Now let’s take, for example, you go to your local auto mechanic. He fixes your car. You don’t like the job that he did, so you drive off without paying. Now, some people may think that that’s not a crime, that you’re entitled to do that. However, it is, in fact, a crime called “theft of services”; and it’s a serious crime. As a Class E Misdemeanor, it’s the least serious of all crimes. However, having a criminal conviction on your record is serious and you should be treating this charge seriously.
There may be circumstances as to why you didn’t pay for the service. Perhaps the person providing the service didn’t do what they promised to do or perhaps they did a poor job. While these may not be proper legal defenses, they are extenuating circumstances that could explain your position to the DA with the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney or if need be, to a jury.
Always keep in mind that just because you’ve been charged with a crime, such as a crime of theft, that doesn’t mean you’ll end up with a conviction. Keep in mind that a single conviction for theft can lead to a future felony charge if you begin to accumulate theft convictions. So, if you have two minor thefts in your background, perhaps you have two shoplifting charges in your background, and then you get hit with a misdemeanor theft of services, that misdemeanor theft of services could be boosted to a felony offense.
In Maine, “theft of services” refers to a criminal offense in which an individual obtains services or uses property without the owner’s consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the full value of those services or property. The key elements that constitute theft of services under Maine law typically include:
It’s important to consult the specific Maine statutes (Title 17-A, Chapter 13 of the Maine Revised Statutes) and seek legal counsel to understand the precise elements and potential penalties associated with theft of services in your particular case, as laws can evolve and interpretations may vary.
Maine differentiates between theft of services and other theft-related offenses based on the nature of the crime. Theft of services specifically involves obtaining services or using property without consent, intending to deprive the owner of their value. Other theft offenses, like larceny, involve unlawfully taking or misappropriating property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner.
Maine law (Title 17-A, Chapter 13) classifies theft offenses by degrees, considering factors such as the value of property or services stolen and the specific circumstances. Understanding these distinctions is crucial for legal defense and navigating the criminal justice system.
Certainly, here are common defenses against theft of services charges in Maine, elaborated for better search optimization:
In times of legal uncertainty, trust The Maine Criminal Defense Group to provide you with the experienced guidance and representation you deserve when facing theft of services charges in Maine.
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