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Understanding the different types of theft

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Theft is a broad term that covers various unlawful acts of taking someone else’s property. In North Carolina, theft can range from petty larceny to more severe crimes like burglary and robbery.

  • Petty larceny: This involves stealing property valued at $1,000 or less. It is usually a misdemeanor.
  • Grand larceny: This involves stealing property valued at more than $1,000. It may fall under a felony classification.
  • Burglary: This occurs when someone enters a building intending to commit theft. The act of breaking and entering makes it a more severe crime.
  • Robbery: This involves taking property directly from someone through force or intimidation. The use of force elevates it to a more severe offense.
  • Shoplifting: This is the act of stealing merchandise from a retail store. Depending on the value of the stolen goods, it can fall under a misdemeanor or a felony.
  • Identity theft: This involves stealing someone’s personal information, such as Social Security numbers or credit card details, to commit fraud.
  • Embezzlement: This is the theft of funds or property entrusted to one’s care, often occurring in employment or financial settings.
  • Motor vehicle theft: This involves stealing or attempting to steal a car or other motor vehicle. This usually falls under the classification of a felony.

Understanding these several types of theft can help you recognize the severity of the charges and the potential legal consequences you might face.

What to do when facing theft allegations

A theft charge can have severe consequences, whether a misdemeanor or a felony. This includes significant fines, potential jail time and a permanent criminal record. Make sure you fully understand the nature of the charges against you. Knowing the specifics can help you and your legal counsel protect your rights and work towards a more favorable outcome for your case.