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Georgia’s New Smash and Grab Act

By Law Offices of Matthew T. McNally  Jan. 30, 2012 3:59p

In the summer of 2010, the Georgia legislature passed new laws against theft crimes commonly referred to as "smash and grab." These types of thefts involve smashing windows, doors, or display cases to quickly grab merchandise and then making a fast exit. Such a crime is more complicated than shoplifting or simple theft because it combines breaking and entering, theft of merchandise, as well as criminal damage to property. Thefts of this nature are committed by juveniles and adults both, often as part of a gang effort. Retail outlets such as Macy's and other merchants have been especially victimized by smash and grab thieves throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, costing them millions of dollars in losses and damage.

The new laws increase penalties against thieves committing this type of theft. The laws define this type of theft as entering a store without authority with the intent to commit theft and causing more than $500 in damage. An adult convicted of this crime faces a mandatory two years in jail. If an adult solicits a minor to do a smash and grab, the adult faces a prison term of one to 5 years.

Legal Representation from an Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing any kind of theft crime charge is a serious matter. A criminal conviction can have a long-lasting effect on your future. In today's high-tech world, background checks have become extremely common for employers, landlords, educational institutions, and more. Your future job prospects or career advancement, ability to rent an apartment, student application, or ability to obtain a professional license could all be severely compromised by a criminal conviction.

When you are facing any type of criminal charge, whether it is for a theft, such as a smash and grab, or any misdemeanor or felony, you should seriously consider your legal representation. You will want a tough, experienced, and aggressive Atlanta criminal defense lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Matthew T. McNally you will find a strong, talented, and dedicated attorney who knows what it takes to be effective.

Contact the Atlanta theft defense attorney at the firm for competent legal assistance today.

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