Theft crime accusations are serious. Even if you were recently charged with a crime -- and think that the sentence will be rather light --, the advice remains the same: Contact an attorney as soon as you are charged, or if you have reason to believe you will be charged.
A recent case in North Carolina really highlights just why theft and property cases needed to be treated with the utmost care. In this case, a 17-year-old was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of second-degree burglary. At the time that he is eligible for release, he will be 59 years old and will have spent the majority of his life locked up behind bars.
In looking at this case, the teenager was convicted after he reportedly broke into a home and stole close to $400 worth of property. This property included a television set and a record player.
In 2012, a county judge reduced his sentence to 30 years and ordered for his release. However, the state's highest court recently overturned the county judge's ruling. This court decided that his life sentence for second-degree burglary should remain.
The reason for bringing up this case is not to necessarily scare anyone, but to show just how severe punishments can be. Leading up to court, every little thing someone says or does can also end up being used against them. This is why people are always encouraged to not say anything incriminating to police or investigators and to contact an attorney right away.