Misdemeanor theft charges are reserved for stolen property that has a value of less than $1000. One of the most common types of misdemeanor theft is shoplifting. Other examples include:
Eat & Run: Leaving a restaurant without paying for a meal
Watch & Run: Watching a movie without paying for it
Price Switching: Swapping price tags on merchandise in order to pay less
Deceptive Concealment: Placing a valuable item into the packaging of a less valuable item
Consequences of Misdemeanor Theft
A misdemeanor theft conviction can result in jail time for a year, as well as fines that can amount to $2,500. In some situations, first-time offenders have the option of “diversion.” This is a court-supervised program that requires the defendant to perform community service and undergo counseling. The defendant must also remain arrest-free for a designated period of time. If the defendant successfully completes the program, they can possibly have their charges dismissed.
It’s important to note that if the value of the stolen items in question exceeds $1,000, you will face felony charges.
Get Legal Help Today
Misdemeanor theft can be a very misleading term. Although the crime is considered a minor offense, the consequences you face can significantly affect your life. If you are facing these kinds of charges, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your rights.
At The Cantrell Law Firm, our team of attorneys have the experience and skills that you need to successfully defend against misdemeanor theft charges. We are familiar with these types of cases and know what to expect from prosecutors. Our lawyers can evaluate your case and design a strong defense that fits your needs. Let us protect your rights today.
Contact our Clinton team of misdemeanor theft lawyers, or call 865-457-9100 to find out what we can do for you.
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