Theft Crimes

Misdemeanor Theft Crimes Are Crimes Where the Value of Stolen Items Is Less Than $1000

Interviewer: What’s the lowest level theft crime? What are the monetary amounts that limit the classification to a low level crime? I would imagine shoplifting would be one, is that right? Dale: Theft crimes do not become a felony until the amount stolen exceeds $1000. If the value of stolen items is less than $1000, the crime...

Possible Penalties for a Petty Theft Conviction

Interviewer: What are the possible penalties for petty theft? Possible Penalties Include a Jail Sentence or Probation Dale:   It can vary but some judges will sentence even first time offenders to 10 days in jail. Second time offenders can receive 30 days in jail. The problem lies in that if you get convicted of shoplifting and...

What Are Viable Defenses for a Petty Theft Charge?

Interviewer: What are some of the defenses that you can raise? I know it depends on the elements of the case. Attorney Naticchia Tries to Establish Lack of Intent in Defending a Petty Theft Charge Dale: Intent. I establish that my client had no intent of leaving with the item. That it was done by mistake. The...

When Does a Theft Change from a Misdemeanor Level Charge to a Felony Level Charge?

Interviewer: What happens when the value of the stolen items is over $1,000? Does it turn from a misdemeanor into a felony charge? If Stolen Items Are Valued at Over $1000: Grand Theft, Felony of the Fifth Degree Dale: Yes, it becomes a felony of the fifth degree. Interviewer: Is it not called petty theft? Dale: It’s called grand...