Understanding Penalties

Theft is a criminal act that occurs when a person steals another person’s property without permission. Theft crimes tend to range in severity, from misdemeanor offenses to felony offenses. The type of offense is usually determined by the value of the property that was stolen by the theft crime offender.

For example, if a person stole property that was valued at or below $500, they would be charged with a misdemeanor. If they took property valued above $500, they would be charged with a felony. Beyond holding the position that you were not knowingly in possession of the stolen goods or that you had reason to believe they belonged to you, a criminal defense attorney can work to have the charges reduced from felony theft to misdemeanor theft, which carries fewer penalties.

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