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Property Crimes in South Dakota

In South Dakota, property crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. The specific charges against the accused and the value of stolen property are factors used to determine whether the court will try the case as a misdemeanor or felony. While felony charges are certainly more serious, it is best to avoid any conviction, if possible.

Schlimgen Law Firm represents clients charged with property crimes that include:

  • Theft

  • Stolen property

  • Auto theft

  • Burglary

  • Fraud

  • Forgery

  • Embezzlement

  • Damage to property

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Penalties for a Conviction

The possible penalties for property crimes convictions vary, depending on the value of the property, the specific charges, and how many times the defendant has previously been convicted of the crime. In some cases, first time offenders and individuals who are facing charges for minor offenses may be eligible for a pretrial diversion program. We can help you explore all possibilities for avoiding more severe penalties.

Individuals with prior convictions or facing more serious charges are at risk for harsher consequences. The specific penalties vary, depending on whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. For example, a class 1 misdemeanor charge may result in up to a year in county jail, a $2,000 fine, and restitution to the victim. A felony conviction, such as for aggravated grand theft, may result in up to 15 years in a state penitentiary and a fine of up to $30,000.

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Start Planning Your Defense Strategy

Schlimgen Law Firm provides honest, focused legal representation and personalized attention for every case. Eric understands that each case is unique. He will listen to your side of the story, evaluate the evidence against you, and develop the most effective defense strategy for your situation. Throughout the legal process, Schlimgen Law will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly.

Schlimgen Law Firm takes pride in being approachable and always available to answer your questions and update you about the status of your case. All cases are important to us and our entire team knows the details of every case, so we can provide the highest level of quality service to our clients.

Call (605) 340-1340 today to discuss your property crimes case.

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