Theft is generally taking anything of value that doesn’t belong to you, and having no intention of returning it. The charges for theft vary depending on the value of the thing taken:
|Under $500||Class 2 Misdemeanor|
|At least $500 but less than $1000||Class 1 Misdemeanor|
|At least $1000 but less than $20,000||Class 4 Felony|
|At least $20,000||Class 3 Felony|
Of course, there are other factors as well. For instance, theft from the body of another person is a felony regardless of the value of the thing taken. If force or threat is used in order to steal from another person, the charge would be Robbery, which is a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, depending on whether the robbery is aggravated by the use of a weapon. Another factor is whether the person committing the crime entered a building they had no right to enter in order to commit the crime. Illegally entering a building, whether it is a home, business or any other building, with the intent to commit another crime is charged as Burglary, which is also a felony ranging from Class 3 to Class 5 depending on the circumstances.
In any case, two things are extremely important to remember if you have been charged with any crime, or even if you think you will be charged. First, in the eyes of the law you are innocent until proven guilty, and second you have the right to have an attorney stand with you as you face any criminal charges. The value of an attorney can not be overstated. An attorney will protect your rights as your case moves through the justice system, and will work to have the charges dropped if your rights are violated. An attorney will work hard to have your charges dismissed before trial, or to get you an acquittal at trial. In the event of a conviction, the severity of sentencing depends on many factors, some of which are at the discretion of the judge. Your attorney will not only prepare an aggressive defense, but can give you tips for how to conduct yourself in court to ensure that the judge and the jury have favorable impressions of you.
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