Have you been arrested and/or charged with a theft crime in Maryland? For most people, theft is a first-time criminal offense. Given that likelihood, going through the legal process and hearings can be very intimidating. It is imperative to have an attorney that understands the legal strategy you need to defend yourself against theft charges. There are lengthy theft laws in Maryland, with many variations of theft within the statute as well as applicable case law. Caroline Norman Frost is familiar with all the above, therefore she is prepared to zealously advocate for your rights.
In Maryland, the penalties for theft have a wide range. There are misdemeanor theft penalties and felony theft penalties. The various penalties typically depend on the monetary amount (or value) of the stolen property. Consequences or punishments for theft can be severe in Maryland.
The Maryland Criminal Code lists 5 separate theft offenses:
1) Petty Theft- A misdemeanor offense such as shoplifting. Maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
2) Misdemeanor Theft- A more serious offense that carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail and/or a $400 fine (includes the taking of property between $100-$1,000 in value).
3) Felony Theft- If the value of the property stolen exceeds $1,000 in value but less than $10,000, this carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
4) Higher Felony Theft- If the value of the property stolen exceeds $10,000 but less than $100,000, this carried a legal maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.
5) Highest Felony Theft- If the value of the stolen property exceeds $100,0000, this carried a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail.
Some examples of theft include:
- Auto Theft
- Armed Robbery
- Possession of stolen property
- Internet theft
If you have been arrested for theft, it is important to contact an attorney that is experienced in criminal law. Caroline Norman Frost is a former prospector that handled numerous theft cases in her career. She will fight aggressively to protect your rights. She will be able to determine if your rights were violated at any point in your case. This could include mishandling evidence, an illegal arrest or even an unlawful search. Call 240-213-1802 for a free consultation.