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Depending on the item stolen, theft cases can range from misdemeanors to felonies. By definition, theft refers to when a person “knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property or appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.” Depending on what was taken, the defendant can be charged with different counts.
Grand Theft Charges
One of the distinctions of theft is “Grand Theft.” Grand theft refers to theft in which any property taken has a value of more than $300. The classification of this type of theft is a felony in the third degree and it is punishable with up to five years in prison.
Petit Theft Charges
Petit theft refers to the taking of any property that is valued less than $300. Any property valued more than $100, but less than $300 is classified as a misdemeanor in the first degree, and can be punishable with up to one year of incarceration.
Shoplifting, sometimes referred to as “retail theft,” is committed when someone deprives a merchant or business of any property illegally. As with grand theft and petit theft, it is classified as a felony or misdemeanor depending on how much property was stolen.
Stolen Property Charges
Beyond theft, you can also be charged with dealing in stolen property if you traffic or intend to traffic in the dealings of stolen property.
No matter if you have been charged with grand theft, petit theft, retail theft, or dealing in stolen property, the attorneys at Draper Law Office are here to help you build your defense in court.
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