Generally speaking, theft is a misdemeanor offense, though if the value of the property stolen exceeds $2,500, then the penalties increase to a felony offense. Misdemeanor theft carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail, or a $10,000 fine, or both. The court can also elect to withhold sentence and place a defendant on probation in lieu of imposing a jail sentence or a fine. The penalties for felony theft depend on the alleged value of the stolen property. Additionally, if thefts are committed while armed with a weapon, or against certain classes of people, the penalty can increase to a felony, as well.
Theft is a common, yet serious crime that can bring serious fines and even jail time. If you’ve been charged with a theft offense, it’s important that you discuss your options with a qualified criminal lawyer. Our law firm offers free 30-minute initial consultation. Call us today at 608-237-6854or send us an email.