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What Is Felony Theft?

Felony theft is a property crime that involves the unlawful taking of another’s property with the intent to permanently deprive that person of their property. Theft is commonly used as a blanket term to refer to grand theft, grand theft auto, larceny, receiving stolen property, shoplifting merchandise worth more than $500, embezzlement, and even robbery.

To prove theft, the prosecutor must show beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. The defendant intentionally took property
  2. The property belonged to someone else
  3. The defendant did not have permission or consent of the true owner
  4. The defendant intended to permanently deprive that person of their property

Types of Felony Theft

There are several different types of theft that are frequently classified as felonies:

Penalties for Felony Theft

Penalties for felony theft vary on the type of theft, the value of the stolen property, the criminal history of the defendant, and more factors. Incarceration can range anywhere from 1 year to 10 years in state or federal prison. 

In addition to a prison sentence, the defendant may be assessed lofty fines and ordered to pay restitution to the victim if the stolen property is not returned.

What Types of Property Constitute Felony Theft?

Felony theft can involve tangible and intangible objects, including:

Defenses to Felony Theft

The defenses available to someone charged with theft depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding the offense. However, common defenses to felony theft include:

Do I Need a Lawyer If I Have Been Accused of Felony Theft?

Felony theft is a serious criminal offense that carries severe penalties. A criminal defense lawyer can assist you with evaluating the strength of the prosecutor’s case and determining how to proceed with defending against the charges.

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Last Modified: 12-01-2016 09:46 PM PST

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