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Theft Crimes and Criminal Defense in Indiana

There are several types of theft crimes a person can face in Indiana. Whether charged with petty shoplifting, or arrested for auto theft, theft crimes can come with lasting consequences and serious legal penalties. If you were arrested for a theft crime in Indiana, it is vital to your case to learn your rights and the penalties you face. You could be sentenced to prison, extreme fines, and more if you do not take action fast. The only way to protect yourself from receiving the maximum penalties for theft charges is to hire a tough and experienced criminal lawyer.

Attorney David E. Lewis has represented numerous theft crime cases, and can save you from unfair penalization for theft charges. He is the theft lawyer that is known for aggressive and powerful defense, using his thorough understanding of courtroom procedures and tactics from his hands-on experience to win the most favorable outcome possible for his clients. Call his office today at 317-636-7514 to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation and discuss the strongest defense for your case.


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In many states, theft crimes are categorized into two separate types of theft: Petit Theft and Grand Theft. But Indiana doesn’t use these terms, nor makes these divisions for theft crimes. Instead, the crime of theft in Indiana is either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on whether or not the person intended to deprive the owner of the property indefinitely. Also, the value of the property, type of property, and other details of the crime usually determine the distinction between misdemeanor and felony theft charges. If a person commits theft without the intention of depriving the property forever, Indiana will charge this as “criminal conversion” instead of a felony theft charge. An example of criminal conversion would be borrowing a person’s car without their permission, but with the intent of returning it when finished. If you commit this crime, you could face Class A misdemeanor criminal charges. In some instances, Indiana will charge a person with a Class A misdemeanor if the property value is under a certain dollar amount; and amount that is generally at the prosecutor’s discretion.

Stolen Property Valued Less Than $750 = Class A Misdemeanor
Stolen Property Valued Between $750 & $ 49,000 = Level 6 Felony
Stolen Property Valued Over $50,000 = Level 5 Felony
Theft crimes are increased to Level 5 Felonies under any of the following circumstances:
(a) Theft of a Motor Vehicle
(b) Stolen Property is Valued at $50,000 or More
(c) “Theft of valuable metals taken from a public utility, transportation system, telecommunications provider, or hospital, in which the absence of the metal creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to a person.” (Ind. Code Ann. § 35-43-4-2)
Level 5 Felonies are punishable by 2 to 8 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and additional strict penalties. See our Levels of Punishment page for details.

After being arrested and charged with a theft crime, you need the strongest protection against state and federal prosecution. David. E. Lewis, Attorney at Law, has extensive trial and litigation experience, and will aggressively challenge every aspect of your charges before he lets you become another victim of over-penalization in Indiana. He uses the law in his favor to refute theft charges and get your penalties reduced or dismissed. With him on your side, there’s no need to fear the worst. David E. Lewis handles every case personally, and will use every resource out there to make sure your future and freedoms are protected. Call 317-636-7514 to schedule your first consultation to evaluate your case. Don’t let the prosecution get a head start; call today to secure your defense!

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