Theft of Property Charges

Defending Theft of Property Charges

 

Theft by Taking
Unlawfully takes, or if was in lawful possession at one point unlawfully appropriates, any property of another with the intent to deprive him of the property, regardless of the manner it is taken or how long it was deprived.

If convicted for theft of property, and the value of property under $1500, the offense is a misdemeanor. If the property has a value over $1500 up to $5,000, the sentence range is 1-5 years. If value is between $5,000 – $25,000, the sentence range is 1-10 years. If the value is over $25,000, the sentence range is 2-20 years. If the property taken is a firearm, the sentence range is 1-10 years. O.C.G.A. 16-8-2

Theft by Deception
Obtains property by deceitful means or artful practice with the intention of depriving owner of the property. Sentencing ranges are the same as Theft by Taking (above). However, if the victim is 65 years old or older and property taken was over $500, the sentence range is 5-10 years unless certain exceptions met. O.C.G.A. 16-8-3
Theft by Conversion
When, having lawfully obtained funds or other property of another, knowingly converts the funds or property to his own use in violation of the agreement or legal obligation. O.C.G.A. 16-8-4
Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property
Comes into control of property that he knows or learns to have been lost or mislaid and keeps property for his own use without first taking reasonable measures to restore property to the owner.                           O.C.G.A. 16-8-6
Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
Receives, disposes of or retains stolen property which he knows or should have known was stolen unless intent to restore property to the owner. Sentencing ranges are the same as Theft by Taking (above). O.C.G.A. 16-8-7