Crimes aren't always violent. Sometimes, they're as simple as stealing a T-shirt from a local store. Regardless of the crime committed, there are steps that an attorney has to take to defend the accused. If you steal from another party and get caught, then you'll want to make sure your attorney knows the whole story.
There are some cases of theft that aren't really theft in the conventional sense. For example, if you and a friend are walking through a store and a friend hides a small accessory in the hood of your coat, getting into trouble for attempted theft would be a shock for you. If the store decides to press charges, you'd hope that the other person would admit to the crime. However, if not, then it is up to your attorney to help you prove that you didn't intentionally take the item you're being accused of stealing.
In other cases, someone accused of stealing might not be stealing at all. For example, if you allowed someone to borrow a computer for a few days, you'd expect them to return it in a timely manner. If time goes by and they don't return it, you might go to their home to take it back. If they accuse you of stealing and call the police on you, then your best bet is to work with someone who can help you show that you have ownership of the property and that you were only taking something back that you already owned.
Theft cases aren't always as they seem. It's your right to fight back. Our site has more on what you can do if you're accused of theft.