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How Much Theft Is a Felony?

Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC Nov. 7, 2023

Close-up of a thief wearing balaclava breaking car windowIf you are facing a theft charge in Maryland, you may be overwhelmed and uncertain of the seriousness of your crime and what consequences come with it depending on the associated circumstances. We understand your confusion, as theft laws can vary from state to state. To help clear up some of these confusing questions, we’re prepared to discuss how much theft is classified as a felony in Maryland—and more. 

At Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC, we're more than just your attorneys—we're your steadfast allies. We understand the gravity of theft charges and the toll they can take on you and your family. That's why we're committed to standing by your side and fighting for your future. We'll help you understand what constitutes felony theft, the potential consequences, possible defenses, and why hiring a criminal defense attorney is crucial. 

As a law firm located in Rockville, Maryland, we also serve clients throughout Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Howard County, and Fredrick County.  

Theft Laws in Maryland

In the state of Maryland, theft is legally defined as the act of unlawfully taking someone else's property with the specific intent to permanently deprive them of it. The severity of the charges brought against an individual accused of theft is contingent upon the assessed value of the stolen property. For instance, theft is elevated to the status of a felony when the value of the property exceeds $1,000.  

However, it's important to note that the value of the stolen property is not the sole determining factor. In cases where the stolen property happens to be a firearm, regardless of its monetary value, the offense is automatically classified as a felony. Furthermore, repeat offenders face increasingly severe penalties, emphasizing the state's commitment to deterring theft and preserving public safety. 

Felony Theft in Maryland

Felony theft in Maryland is a serious matter that carries significant consequences. When the value of the stolen property exceeds $1,000, it is considered a felony offense. Individuals convicted of felony theft face the possibility of imprisonment and substantial fines. 

For theft involving property valued between $1,000 and $10,000, the maximum penalty is up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000. If the value of the stolen property is between $10,000 and $100,000, the maximum penalty increases to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. In both circumstances, the person convicted will also be expected to restore the property taken from the owner or pay the owner the value of the property or services. 

When facing felony theft charges, it is crucial to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. They can provide invaluable assistance in navigating the legal complexities, protecting your rights, and advocating for the best possible outcome in your case. 

Possible Defenses in Felony Theft Cases

Building a strong defense is crucial when confronting felony theft charges. In such cases, several common defense strategies can be employed, including demonstrating lack of intent, proving mistaken identity, highlighting insufficiency of evidence, and challenging illegal search and seizure. Each situation is unique, and the effectiveness of these strategies will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. This is precisely why seeking guidance from a skilled criminal defense attorney is of utmost importance. They possess the knowledge to assess your case comprehensively, explore additional potential defenses, and diligently work towards minimizing the potential consequences you may face. 

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you're currently facing felony theft charges in Maryland, it is of utmost importance to seek the professional assistance of a highly experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney. With their in-depth legal knowledge, they can provide you with a comprehensive case evaluation, ensuring that you fully understand the complexities of your situation. Moreover, a dedicated attorney will work tirelessly to protect your rights, employing effective strategies to navigate the legal system on your behalf.  

Having a knowledgeable advocate by your side not only brings peace of mind during this undoubtedly stressful time but also ensures that you are well-informed and supported throughout every step of the legal process. Rest assured, your attorney will guide you through each intricacy, answering your questions, addressing your concerns, and fighting vigorously for the most favorable outcome possible. 

Don’t Face This Difficult Time Alone 

At Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC, we've defended numerous clients, each time crafting a unique strategy tailored to their specific situation. We don't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. We believe in personalized attention that prioritizes your needs and goals. 

Our mission is simple: to handle the legal complexities so you can focus on what matters most—your future. We understand that the decisions made today can have a lasting impact on future generations. That's why we're committed to making the right choices for you and your family. 

If you're facing theft charges, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Schedule a consultation and let's start building your defense together. After all, we're not just defending your case—we're fighting for your future.