Reclassification of Theft Charges
Multiple states have created new regulations or reclassifications of theft laws to account for criminal activities that target elderly adults. Often the penalties for stealing from an elderly or disabled person are more severe than the penalties for the same action against adults of those without disabilities. These changes in regulations are important in cases involving identity theft.
Greater numbers of people, including elderly adults, are using the internet for shopping and other forms of commerce. With this increase in traffic comes an increase in personal information that is available on the web. This can put elderly adults, who may not be as familiar with internet trends and threats, at higher risk for theft or fraud. Without a good deal of familiarity with internet scams and dangerous actions, a person may quickly become a victim of theft.
In light of these changes in criminal activities, many states are beginning to adjust their theft laws. Many of the reclassifications increase the consequences for these charges based on the amount of money that is stolen. The value of the theft can directly affect the severity of a criminal charge. In many of the states, these actions are enough to bring serious consequences upon a convicted individual.
It is important to be aware of the codes that regulate theft in your state. It is possible that theft against specific victims or theft that occurs in specific manners will have much more severe consequences, and in many cases, the charges and penalties associated with theft crimes can vary greatly from state to state.
If you are facing theft charges involving elderly adults, it is important that your rights are protected.