Many theft crimes are drug-related. This is because many persons who have become addicted to street drugs cannot afford them through normal means. As a result, they may attempt to commit theft in order to fund and support their drug habit. Some street dealers accept stolen items as payment for illicit drugs. Or, the drug user may sell or pawn the stolen item and purchase drugs in that manner.
As can be expected, drug-related theft crimes are more commonly associated with drugs that are highly addictive. These include: heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, prescription pain pills and other habit-forming drugs. Drug-related theft is not so common for non-addictive recreational drugs such as ecstasy, marijuana, or hallucinogens. However, habitual users of recreational drugs may also turn to stealing to support their habit.
What Are Some Common Examples of Drug-Related Theft Crimes?
Some common forms of drug-related theft crimes include:
- Breaking and entering
- Petty theft
- Credit card fraud
- Various scams and fraud schemes
- Gang-related crimes such as hold-ups
- More serious crimes such as grand larceny
In many cases, these crimes are repeated on a daily basis, or even more than one time in a day. Also, these crimes can sometimes be committed by groups of people. Thus, additional charges such as conspiracy may also play a role.
What Are the Punishments of Drug-Related Theft Crimes?
This depends on the type of crime. Less serious misdemeanor crimes like petty theft can often result in a small fine and/or short jail time. However, violent crimes and serious crimes like grand larceny may result in felony charge. These can involve longer jail/prison sentences, and may involve higher criminal fines.
Repeat offenses are often common when it comes to drug-related crimes. A defendant who is facing a second or third theft charge may face greater criminal consequences as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Drug-Related Theft Crimes?
Drug-related theft crimes can often be accompanied by serious criminal consequences. You may need to hire a qualified criminal lawyer if you need assistance with criminal charges. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation for your situation. Also, if you have any specific questions regarding repeat offenses or other issues, your lawyer can provide specific advice with those kinds of inquiries as well.