We noted in our immediately preceding blog post (please see our January 8 entry) that a criminal theft charge appearing fairly straightforward on first appearance might actually entail material ambiguity -- even flat-out uncertainty -- on a number of fronts.
Although many members of the general public in North Carolina and elsewhere might feel comfortable to collectively lump together all forms of illicit property taking as "stealing," that is a term that is often regarded as being somewhat generic under federal and state laws.
Theft crimes in North Carolina encompass many distinct possibilities, ranging widely from various acts of employee theft and mainstream white-collar fraud accusations to unlawful concealment of merchandise, shoplifting and larceny.
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.
Previously, many incidents of alleged theft involved circumstances in which an accused individual was believed to have personally take physical belongings from another. For example, an individual facing identify theft charges may have been accused of rummaging through someone's trash. Today, however, acts involving the unlawful access and use of sensitive personal and financial information readily involve the use of computers and are widely referred to as cyber crimes.
Any Charlotte area resident who has ever purchased a home or property likely went through the process of taking out a mortgage. The process of obtaining a mortgage loan can be complex and there are numerous financial records that must be provided and individuals who play a role in the loan process including the borrower, mortgage lender, loan processor, loan officer and real estate appraiser. Each individual has an important role to fulfill in the mortgage lending process and each must also ensure the information they both provide and are provided with is accurate.
Recently, the Humane Society of Charlotte was broken into. The damages - including theft and vandalism - are estimated to be in the thousands of dollars. The damages include two stolen computers, a smashed computer monitor, a broken do and sliced wires. A spokesperson noted that the break-in occurred after all of the employees had left for the night. No animals were harmed during the occurrence.
A North Carolina woman's legal problems went from bad to worse recently when authorities discovered that she had allegedly faked her own disappearance to avoid a scheduled court date. Her husband has been accused of aiding her in the scheme and is also facing criminal charges.