Maryland Theft Consequences

Maryland Theft Consequences

The state of Maryland takes criminal acts very seriously. When an individual is charged with a theft crime, they will need to retain the services of an effective attorney that can fight these charges. If convicted of a theft crime, the individual will face harsh penalties. Though theft encompasses many different crimes such as larceny, embezzlement, shoplifting, etc., it can be most simply defined as the unlawful taking of another party’s property. The penalties of theft increase as the value of the stolen property increases.

The breakdown of Maryland theft consequences is as follows:

  • Petty theft- stolen property valued at $100 or less
    • Misdemeanor
    • $500 fine
    • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Misdemeanor theft- stolen property is valued between $100 and $1000
    • $500 fine
    • Up to 18 months in jail
  • Stolen property between $1000 and $10000
    • Felony theft
    • Up to 10 years in prison
    • $10,000 fine
  • Stolen property between $10,000 and $100,000
    • Felony theft
    • $15,000 fine
    • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Stolen property that is valued over $100,000
    • Felony theft
    • $25,000 fine
    • Up to 25 years in prison

It is important to be aware that if an individual uses force to commit a theft crime, their charges can be upgraded to a robbery and the penalties will be much more serious. If you have been charged with a crime in Maryland, contact our firm today.

Albers & Associates is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Albers & Associates to schedule a consultation.