Theft is the taking or using of another person’s property, with intent to deprive another person of their right to that property. There are varying degrees of theft such as grand theft, petit theft, shoplifting to dealing in stolen property, depending on the value of the property stolen.
Grand theft is the most serious type of theft. In general, taking property valued at $300 or more can be considered grand theft. Third degree grand theft (taking property valued from $300 to less than $20,000) is a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. If the property stolen has a value of $100,000 or more, it is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Petit theft is the taking of property valued at less than $300, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1000 fine. Shoplifting, or “retail theft,” is defined as illegally taking the property of a merchant or business. The charge or penalty will depend on the value of the items taken.
Dealing in stolen property is another theft charge that applies when a defendant traffics in property that he/she knows is stolen, and/or initiates and directs the theft of property. This crime has a penalty of up to 15-30 years in prison.
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