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Utah defense lawyer: Knowing the difference between theft and wrongful appropriation can keep you out of jail

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Utah defense lawyer Atty. Thomas Weber approaches every case aggressively while ensuring your rights are defended before the powerful arm of the law.

Wrongful appropriation is a crime similar to theft in terms of seriousness of long-term consequences, although wrongful appropriation is not theft.

If you or your loved one has been accused of wrongful appropriation, contact the Law Ninja Attorney Thomas Weber at Weber Law immediately. Attorney Weber’s careful, aggressive and nuanced approach at criminal defense in Utah will help weaken the case against you or dismiss it altogether, saving you from having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and having to serve jail time.

What is wrongful appropriation?

Under Utah Code 76-6-404.5, wrongful appropriation is defined as an act whereby a person obtains or exercises unauthorized control over another person’s property without the owner’s or the guardian’s consent, with an intent to temporarily appropriate, possess or use the property, or to temporarily deprive the owner or legal custodian possession of the property.

Unlike theft, a person commits wrongful appropriation when the intention is only to keep the property temporarily, and to return it at a later time.

On the contrary, a person is committing theft if the intention is to take possession of a property forever — without the intent of returning the said property at a later time.

Utah defense lawyer for wrongful appropriation

Punishment for a conviction for wrongful appropriation in Utah can be harsh. In fact, it is only one degree lesser than the penalty for theft, such that a conviction for wrongful appropriation would be:

  • (a) a second degree felony under Section 76-6-412 if it had been theft is a third degree felony if it is wrongful appropriation;
  • (b) a third degree felony under Section 76-6-412 if it had been theft is a class A misdemeanor if it is wrongful appropriation;
  • (c) a class A misdemeanor under Section 76-6-412 if it had been theft is a class B misdemeanor if it is wrongful appropriation; and
  • (d) a class B misdemeanor under Section 76-6-412 if it had been theft is a class C misdemeanor if it is wrongful appropriation.

You could face the following penalties if you are found guilty of wrongful appropriation:

  • Third Degree Felony
    • Sentence — Up to 5 years in prison
    • Fine — Up to $5,000
  • Class A Misdemeanor
    • Sentence — Up to 1 year in jail
    • Fine — Up to $2,500
  • Class B Misdemeanor
    • Sentence — Up to 6 months in jail
    • Fine — Up to $1,000
  • Class C Misdemeanor
    • Sentence — Up to 90 days in jail
    • Fine — Up to $750

In addition, a conviction for wrongful appropriation has far-reaching ramifications on your personal and professional life. A criminal record for wrongful appropriation will limit your prospects to secure sensitive jobs, such as those in banks, lending institutions, and other jobs that are financial in nature and where your integrity cannot be discounted.

A criminal record for wrongful appropriation may also impact your ability to file for adoption.

In fact, a criminal record must be avoided at all costs — you must strive to strip off any label related to a felony or crime from your name, otherwise that label may stay with your for life and would limit your chances to seize otherwise rewarding opportunities. Let a seasoned Utah defense lawyer help you.

What can you do when accused of wrongful appropriation?

You must immediately contact Utah defense lawyer Thomas Weber.

Remember, you have to prove that the accusation against you is wrong beyond reasonable doubt to be able to drop the charges against you. Only a detail-oriented Utah defense lawyer and experienced litigator like Atty. Thomas Weber can carefully assess your situation and approach your case with maturity, sensitivity, and success.

Utah defense lawyer Atty Thomas Weber practices people law. He is focused on strengthening families, individuals, and businesses by personal connection and face-to-face connection when handling each case.

Weber Law, home of the Law Ninja, represents all races, creeds, religions, sexes, sexual orientations and backgrounds. We speak Spanish. Habla Espanol.

Mount a strong defense against a wrongful appropriation charge. Contact the Law Ninja Atty Thomas Weber at today or fill out our online form to request a free consultation!