There are a variety of ways theft can be committed in Georgia. Depending upon the actual theft charge you are facing, the theft crime could be a misdemeanor or a felony. Sometimes it is the amount of the theft that determines the status of the theft crime, other times it is the facts surrounding the theft. The following are just a few examples of theft crimes:
Theft by Taking
Theft by taking occurs if you unlawfully take the property of another with the intention of depriving that person of their property, regardless of the manner in which the property was taken. Theft by taking can also occur where you are lawfully in possession of someone’s property but you then unlawfully appropriate that property with the intention of depriving that person of their property. Theft by taking is a general catch all theft charge in Georgia and applies to most theft cases. If the value of the property that is the subject of the theft is less than $1500.00 the charge is usually a misdemeanor and if the value is more than $1500.00 then the theft charge would be a felony with various punishments based on the amount of the theft over $1500.00. However, there are certain circumstances that may elevate a theft charge to a felony depending on the facts of the theft case.
Theft by Receiving
Theft by receiving stolen property occurs if you receive, dispose of or retain stolen property that you know is stolen or that you should know is stolen, unless you have possession of the property for the purpose of returning it to the rightful owner. Theft by receiving cases can be complex as many times the state is required to prove your intent or knowledge that the property was the subject of a theft.
Theft by Deception
Theft by deception occurs if you obtain property of another by any deceitful means or artful practice with the intention of depriving the owner of the property. Theft by deception is best described as a scam or a con.
If you have been charged with theft by taking, theft by receiving, theft by deception, or any other types of theft charges in Forsyth County or surrounding areas you should immediately contact the experienced criminal defense team at Patterson Moore Butler…….they will listen to you and develop the best focused defense strategy for your theft case.