Theft Crimes Attorney in Ellicott City
Representation for Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Charges in Maryland
The crime of theft involves depriving a person of his or her property without consent. Crimes considered theft can range from minor actions, such as stealing an inexpensive object from a store to intricate fraud and deception cases. The Ellicott City theft crimes lawyer at Robert N. Keehner, Attorney at Law has more than three decades of experience representing clients charged with theft crimes in Maryland.
Criminal Charges for Theft in Maryland
Maryland, like many other states, classifies theft based on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. Small theft of money or items valued at less than $100 are considered petty theft. The legal penalties for conviction vary, depending on the classification of the theft charge, the value of the property, and other factors or past convictions.
The classifications for theft charges in Maryland include:
- Petty theft – Stealing up to $100 can result in up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine
- Misdemeanor theft – For theft valued between $100 and $1,000, consequences include up to 18 months in jail and fines of up to $500
- Felony theft ($1,000 to $10,000) – Up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
- Felony theft ($10,000 to $100,000) – Up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine
- Felony theft (over $100,000) – Up to 25 years in prison and fines up to $25,000
In addition to the criminal penalties, a conviction can result in civil liability to the merchant. You may be ordered to pay the merchant an amount equal to the sales price of the merchandise, pay for other damages sustained as a result of the theft (such as property damage), and you may also be required to pay a penalty of twice the sales price for the merchandise. Our Ellicott City theft crimes attorney offers honest legal advice and tells the truth about what you can expect and the penalties you may be facing.
Compassionate Representation from an Accessible Attorney
Attorney Keehner is always accessible to our clients and takes the time to fully understand the circumstances to provide the best legal advice and most effective legal representation possible. We have an answering service to answer your calls after hours and a great response time for returning phone calls. You will have access to your attorney throughout the entire process until your situation is fully resolved.