Over the past generation, the proliferation of crime related news stories has led a frightened public to take any crime – even petite theft -- more seriously. Juries are more conviction prone, judges and prosecutors are imposing longer sentences. Anti-recidivism laws can lead to long sentences for acts that once would warrant a slap on the wrist or a small fine. At the same time, the legislature and courts alike have limited the application of many traditional defenses.

If you stand accused of committing a theft-related crime, you have to be smart; you need an effective attorney who can apply the experiences of defending numerous cases, who knows the sources of relief available to you and the unique circumstances which you presently face. Do not wait until you are standing in a courtroom to hire an attorney.

My name is Jeff Hayden, and I am in my twentieth year of practicing law. I have handled thousands of cases involving allegations of theft-related crimes ranging from misdemeanor petite theft to residential burglary to robbery to felony murder. I have worked with experts throughout the nation, and have remained current with both the new defenses and technology available to assist in your case.

Anyone can be accused at any time, but it takes a smart, experienced lawyer to apply the best possible defense. Sometimes this may mean taking the case to trial. Other times, it may mean making motions, conducting a thorough investigation or simply looking for a way to explain your circumstances.

In evaluating your case, I will take into account all that led to the incident in a culturally relevant manner. It may be that you were falsely accused, or that you have a defense, justification or excuse. There may be facts in mitigation – reasons the offense, even if true, should not be treated harshly. Finally, there may be a need to make the focus not just what happened, but who was involved: I can present you as a person to the court and prosecution alike.

Please feel free to contact my law office so that I can give you a free consultation regarding the charges you are facing. I will not be judgmental, but will explore all possibilities to achieve the best outcome possible.

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