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What is a Theft Crime in Maryland?”

Theft is the crime of knowingly and willingly taking or receiving another person's property. This crime can be committed by deceit, deception, force or fear and the charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. The penalties you could face depend on the specific circumstances of your case, so it is important that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Maria Mena.

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What are the Penalties for Theft Offenses in Maryland?

Law enforcement officials and prosecutors strongly pursue theft charges and work to ensure that the accused receives the highest amount of penalties available. Maryland recognizes a few different types of theft crimes.

The two different types of theft crime

  • If accused of taking goods valued at $1,000 or less, you may be charged with petty theft (misdemeanor).
  • Anything valued over $1,000 may be a grand theft offense (felony).

There is also identity theft, bad checks, shoplifting, and larceny, all of which carry equally serious penalties. Even if you consider your case to be a minor violation, such as theft of a newspaper, you still risk having your charges elevated to a higher offense. Do not leave your future up to chance! Work with our Silver Spring theft attorney as soon as possible.

Petty Theft in Maryland

Under Maryland law, petty theft is the lowest level and can be charged as a misdemeanor. The penalties can include a 90-day imprisonment and / or a maximum fine of $500. To be considered petty theft, the value of the stolen property must be less than $1,000.

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Felony Theft in Maryland

In the state of Maryland, stealing property or services with a value of $1,500 or more is considered a felony. The penalties for felony theft increase as the value of the property stolen increases:

  • $1,500 but less than $25,000 - the maximum punishment is five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • $25,000 but less than $100,000 - the maximum punishment is up to ten years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • $100,000 or more - the maximum punishment is up to 20 years and a fine of up to $25,000.

Why Work with the Law Offices of Maria Mena?

Without the representation of an attorney, you could be facing jail or prison time, fines, restitution and additional criminal penalties. Prosecutors look for specific circumstances in your case, such as aggravating factors or breaking and entering, in order to pursue the highest possible penalties. If you have been arrested and charged with burglary, robbery, shoplifting, or any other theft crime, you need to act fast. At the Law Offices of Maria Mena, we offer outstanding representation to clients facing a variety of theft offenses, and we may be able to help you obtain a favorable outcome for your case.

After an arrest, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated team to assist you!

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