Robert Lien, a paramedic, was charged with theft of controlled substances after stealing drugs while at work. Lien pled guilty to eight counts of theft of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine. He also received a stay of imposition, which means that if he completes his five years of probation, the felony charges will get reduced to a misdemeanor. This means that he would avoid a felony conviction on his record. If he violates probation, he may have to serve his stayed sentence of 15 months and pay another $5000 dollars in fines. A paramedic that Lien worked with noticed that the cap of a vial of Dilaudid fell off and notified his supervisor. Lien admitted to using the Dilaudud and replacing it with liquid saline before putting it back. The supervisor also noticed that other vials had loose caps on them. He also admitted to taking a pouch of drugs from the narcotics locker and admitted to using the drugs himself.
In Minnesota there are many different levels of theft ranging from petty theft to felony theft. Petty theft occurs when the property stolen is $500 or less. The sentence for petty theft is up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000. If the property is valued between $500 to $1,000, it is a gross misdemeanor. The penalty for a gross misdemeanor is up to one year in jail and/or $3,000. If the property is between $1,000 to $5,000, the penalty may be up to five years of prison and/or a fine up to $10,000. If the theft is more than $5,000, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $20,000. For a full list of the definitions of thefts and possible outcomes, contact Keller Law Offices. In Minnesota theft crimes are enhanceable offenses. The maximum sentence Lien could have received is up to 10 years in jail and up to a $20,000 fine.
Lien will have to be on good behavior for the next five years to avoid getting a permanent felony conviction on his record. He will have to remain law abiding to take advantage of the stay of imposition offered to him. A theft conviction will likely hurt your chances to get a job and find housing because it is a crime of dishonesty. If you have been charged with a theft, contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. We will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a better offer or take your case to trial. Max Keller is an aggressive Minnesota defense attorney. Call 952-913-1421 if you have been charged with any level of theft in Minnesota. It is also important to hire an attorney as soon as you are charged with theft and shoplifting to secure camera and video footage at the store which may be helpful in your case. Many stores do not keep footage for long periods of time. Any statements made to police at the time of your arrest or during questioning may be used against you in court. Please visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com.