When someone steals something less than $300.00, they have committed a petite theft which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
When someone steals something more than $300.00, they have committed a grand theft, which is punishable by up to five years in jail.
Grand Theft increases in severity depending on the amount of money stolen. If the amount is over $20,000.00 this is a second degree felony punishable by up to fifteen years in jail. If the amount is $100,000.00 or over, this crime is punishable by up to thirty years in jail.
Dealing in stolen property, which means selling stolen property, is punishable by up to fifteen years in jail.
Did you know?
If you are charged with a theft, under certain circumstances, you may be able to go to a program and have your charges dismissed.
Many attorneys do not enforce a rule which says that the police must file certain paperwork before giving stolen property back to a merchant to resell.
In order to prove the crime of Dealing in Stolen Property, the State must prove that you knew that the property was stolen. This is very difficult, unless someone gives a confession.
Many stores send a civil theft letter, demanding $200.00, even if you are alleged to have stolen a paperclip. If you pay this money, they do not have to drop the charges against you.
Have you been accused of a theft offense?
Teresa Williams knows what kinds of evidence that state should have collected against you and when they don’t have enough to prove their case. Call now to schedule a free consultation with Teresa Williams to see if the State can prove the allegations against you today.