Definition of a Theft Crime

Definition of a Theft Crime

If you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime, you might be interested to know exactly what this charge means.

Definition of a Theft Crime

A theft crime is a criminal act and is defined as taking the personal property or money of another without their permission. A theft crime can either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

Misdemeanor Known as a “Petty” Theft Crime

A misdemeanor theft crime is also known as “petty theft.” A petty theft is when the property or money taken is $400 or less. The punishment for a petty theft crime can include jail time of as much as six months, community service, counseling, significant fines, restitution to the victim or repayment to law enforcement for the cost of the investigation, and/or probation.

The offense of petty theft may also be used to change any future petty theft crimes as a felony, which is called “petty theft with a prior.”

Felony Known as a “Grand” Theft Crime

A felony theft crime is also known as “grand theft.” A grand theft is when the property or money taken is over $400. Punishment for grand theft includes prison time, restitution to the victim and the law enforcement agency, reimbursement for supervision costs, counseling, high court fines, and/or probation or parole.

Examples of Theft Crimes

Some common theft crimes include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Carjacking
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Armed Robbery with a weapon
  • Vehicular Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Larceny
  • Money Laundering
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Identity Theft

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony theft crime, you need the expert assistance and guidance of a theft crime attorney such as Sevens Legal, APC, to help get your case dismissed or the charges reduced. Contact Sevens Legal, APC, today for a free consultation.

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