All theft crimes are classified as either petty theft or grand theft. When faced with theft charges, knowing whether you are charged with petty theft or grand theft will give you an idea as to what type of penalties you are facing. Petty theft is a misdemeanor crime, and refers to those cases in which the value of the stolen goods is low, usually below $200. On the other hand, grand theft is a felony offense, and includes those theft cases in which the value of the stolen goods is very high.
If you have been arrested on theft charges, you can expect to face the following penalties based on the value of the stolen goods:
- $1-$200: up to 93 days in jail; up to $500 in fines
- $200-$999: up to 1 year in jail; up to $2,000 in fines
- $1,000-$19,999: up to 5 years in prison; up to $10,000 in fines
- $20,000 or more: up to 10 years in prison; up to $15,000 in fines
In addition to these penalties you could also be sentenced to probation, restitution to the victim, community service, and more.
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