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Meet Our Minneapolis Theft Lawyers

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm


Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Theft Lawyer


Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Theft Lawyer


Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Theft Lawyer


Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Minneapolis Theft Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm


  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    How Minneapolis Theft Attorneys Can Serve You

    Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft

    Retail Theft

    Possession of Stolen Property

    Intangible Theft

    Generally, theft is taking property without the owner’s consent with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the full use and enjoyment of that property. Certain forms of auto theft, like joyriding, do not have the same intent element. All levels of theft are serious offenses. Additionally, theft is a crime of moral turpitude. So, a conviction has significant collateral consequences.

    The compassionate professionals at Gerald Miller, P.A. understand how frightening theft charges can be. So, we work hard to prepare your defense. That action gives you additional peace of mind. Because of our thorough preparation, we often successfully resolve these cases out of court. Frequently, that resolution means the defendant walks away without a criminal conviction.

    Theft Charges in Minneapolis

    Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft

    Generally, the value of the property determines the difference between petty and grand theft. If the property is worth less than $1,000, the offense is a misdemeanor (petty theft). An amount greater than that is a felony (grand theft). The maximum penalty for grand theft is twenty years in prison. Depending on your case facts, a Minneapolis Theft Lawyer may be able to help minimize such severe sentences.
    In other cases, the item makes a difference. The offense is grand theft, regardless of value, if the item at issue was a:

    • Motor vehicle,
    • Firearm,
    • Trade secret,
    • Controlled substance, or
    • Explosive device.

    As mentioned, theft is the taking of another person’s property, normally with the intent to deprive the owner of the property’s full use. All these areas are subject to challenge.

    The taking element is normally straightforward, although a lack of admissible evidence might be an issue. Normally, the owner must appear in court and give credible testimony. Given the enormous time gap between the theft date and the trial date, prosecutors often have a hard time securing such testimony. Intent to permanently deprive is difficult to prove in many cases, especially retail theft matters.

    Retail Theft

    Contrary to the popular myth, authorities can detain retail theft suspects in the store itself. However, if authorities jump the gun, these defendants can claim they intended to pay for the item. Additionally, the listed “owner” is usually a store security officer. By the time the trial date rolls around, this person is often long gone.

    Because of these inherent weaknesses, a Minneapolis Theft Attorney has a number of resolution options. Frequently, defendants are eligible for pretrial diversion. If the defendant makes restitution and completes some other program requirements, prosecutors dismiss the charges.
    Some retail theft cases are grab-and-run cases. Others are complex scams. Intentional under-ringing is a good example. A shopper brings a high-value item and a low-value item to the register. The cashier only scans the low-value item. Later, the two split the booty.

    Possession of Stolen Property

    Purchasing or retaining property that the defendant knew was stolen constitutes theft. Circumstantial evidence is admissible to establish the necessary state of mind.

    Assume Carlo collects baseball memorabilia. Someone offers to sell Carlo Hank Aaron’s record-setting home run ball for a very low price. Carlo does not actually know the ball was stolen.

    The circumstantial evidence against Carlo might hold up in court. Due to the very low price and rather odd circumstances, prosecutors can argue that Carlo knew the ball was stolen. In response, a Minneapolis Theft Lawyer can guide Carlo to argue that he thought the ball was a fake.

    Intangible Theft

    Online theft, or intangible theft, usually involves the theft of information. Some examples include:

    • Trade secrets
    • Credit card information,
    • Identity, and
    • Personal information.

    In addition to grand theft charges, these individuals could face other charges as well. Frequently, these offenses involve fraud or deception.
    Generally, intangible theft charges involve lengthy investigations. Since law enforcement agencies invest considerable resources in these investigations, officers often take illegal shortcuts to make an arrest.

    These shortcuts sometimes involve search warrant issues and other procedural defenses.

    It is important to remember that theft charges are different from robbery charges. When theft is involved, working with a Minneapolis Theft Attorney may be more beneficial compared to working with a Robbery Defense Lawyer in Minneapolis.

    Theft FAQ

    Technically, store security officers have no jurisdiction beyond the store’s property line, unless they are engaged in hot pursuit. However, local law enforcement officers have no such constraints. Therefore, it is more difficult, but not impossible, to arrest retail theft defendants after they leave the store.
    Identity theft is a serious felony. So, assertive representation is a must-have. Common identity theft defenses include a lack of evidence and a procedural error, like a failure to timely administer Miranda rights.
    There are basically two types of expungement in Minnesota. Typically, judges have an absolute right to erase judicial records. They will do so if such action would benefit the defendant. Arrest records are also expungable in some cases, especially petty theft arrest records.
    Taking a physical card or a card number without the owner’s permission is theft. Using, or attempting to use, such stolen information is usually credit card fraud, which is a separate and more serious offense.
    Misdemeanor theft could mean up to a year in jail. Furthermore, theft is a crime of moral turpitude. A conviction could haunt the defendant for many years. A partnership with an experienced Minnesota defense lawyer is the best way to avoid these consequences.

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    Nicholas Montalvo
    Nicholas Montalvo
    23:05 11 Sep 21
    They made a bad experience really not feel too bad. decent price and very helpful with everything
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    Daniel Vail
    Daniel Vail
    16:42 03 Sep 21
    I contacted this law firm to see if they’d be willing to take on my case. Kyle took a look at the facts and informed me about the challenges my case presents- an honest lawyer. Kyle is extremely detailed oriented and put together a solid case, in which we won. Kyle is extremely responsive and a knowledgeable attorney. I recommend this law office.
    Eder Perez
    Eder Perez
    18:56 24 Aug 21
    Felt well represented by Ronnie Santana enjoyed his work!
    youn1125 University of Minnesota
    youn1125 University of Minnesota
    20:56 20 Aug 21
    Kyle Dregger and the Gerald Miller team did an amazing job helping me with my DUI. Kyle was always available to answer my questions and he made the experience much less stressful to navigate. I am so grateful for all the help and effort that Kyle and the Gerald Miller team put into my case to get me the best outcome possible.
    Nick Morrison
    Nick Morrison
    00:14 13 Aug 21
    I found the firm to have excellent customer service and to be knowledgeable in about every phase. Ronnie Santana took on my case and led me thru every step of the process. He made the process very simple and stress free for me thru his consistent communication, and his network in the legal system. Would highly recommend

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