Theft of utility services is considered a crime in the state of Connecticut. If you face this crime, it is important to understand what you are up against. You can learn more about the crime of theft of utility services here. Maybe after reading this page, you realize that you did not commit this crime. Maybe you have a solid defense. If that’s the case, you can work with an attorney to have the charges dropped. Read on for more information.
Theft of Utility Services
A person is guilty of theft of utility service when they intentionally obtain electric, gas, water, telecommunications, wireless radio communications or community antenna television services that are available only for compensation by:
- False token.
- Electronic device.
- Mechanical device.
- Unauthorized code.
- Fraudulent statements.
- Avoiding paying for services.
- Tampering with the meter, pipe, cable, conduit, conductor, attachment, or other equipment.
- Manufacturing, modifying, altering, programming, reprogramming or possessing any device, software or equipment or part or component to prevent payment.
- Disguising the identity or identification numbers of any device or equipment utilized by a supplier of electric, gas, water, telecommunications, wireless radio communications, or community antenna television service to avoid payment.
Also, one common example of theft of utility services is tampering with an electrical meter to avoid paying full price for electricity. So, as you can see, in this scenario, the person is attempting to defraud the electricity company by not paying for the service. Also, this intention on the part of the defendant is what defines this action as theft of utility services.
If you need more information on theft of utility services, you can contact my office. I can go over this crime with you and answer any questions that you may have. If you would like to discuss your case, we can sit down during a free consultation. I can get you the resources and the help that you need during this difficult time.