Criminal Defense: Theft Crimes
Differing Degrees of Theft
By definition, theft is a crime against property. Most often, it is used to describe the action of taking the property of another without consent. From shoplifting to burglary, there are number of different offenses that are categorized as theft and each carries its own set of charges and penalties. Crucial to an act of theft is the intent behind the act. Only those actions made to intentionally and permanently deprive a victim of personal property will fall under the classification of theft. When charges of this nature are made, they will depend greatly on what was taken and how much that item was worth. Based on these conditions, the theft crime will either be one of petty theft or grand theft.
Petty Theft: Also referred to as petit theft, petty theft involves properties stolen that are valued under $1,000. The amount at which a theft will be classified as petty varies somewhat, but generally any property under the $1,000 amount will fit into this category. Typically, petty theft is considered to be minor in nature and will incur a misdemeanor charge.
Grand Theft: When property exceeding the limits defined in petty theft cases is stolen, the act will automatically be classified as grand theft. Most often, a property's market value will be assessed in order to determine its worth. In Minnesota and every other state, grand theft cases are tried as felony offenses and penalized as such.
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