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Theft Under Maryland Law: An Overview

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Crimes against property are treated seriously in the state of Maryland and can result in serious legal consequences. Maryland law has consolidated various property crimes into the single offense of theft. The formerly distinct offenses that now fall under Maryland Criminal Code §  7-102 include the following:

  • Larceny
  • Larceny by trick
  • Larceny after trust
  • Embezzlement
  • False pretenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Receiving stolen goods

The offense of theft occurs when a person willfully or knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control of property if he or she:

  • Intends to deprive the owner of the property
  • Willfully or knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the property in a manner that deprives the owner of the property
  • Uses, conceals, or abandons the property knowing the use, concealment, or abandonment probably will deprive the owner of the property

Penalties for Theft Under Maryland Law

The penalties for theft under Maryland law depend on the value of the property that is alleged to have been stolen:

  • Under $100 – An individual convicted of the theft of property with a value of under $100 is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be imprisoned for up to 90 days and fined up to $500, or both.
  • Between $100 and $1,000 – A person convicted of theft of an property of less than $1,000 is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to up to 18 months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $500, or both.
  • Between $1,000 and $10,000 –  Theft of property with a value in excess of $1,000 is a felony and the penalties associated with the offense are significantly harsher. If you are convicted of the theft of property with a value of between $1,000 and $10,000, you can be subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years and fined up to $10,000, or both.
  • Between $10,000 and $100,000 – People who are convicted of the theft of property with a value of between $10,000 and $100,000 are subject to imprisonment not exceeding 15 years and a fine of up $15,000 or both.
  • Over $100,000 – The theft of property with a value of more than $100,000 can result in imprisonment of up to 25 years and a fine of up to $25,000, or both.

Importantly, anyone convicted of theft shall be required to restore the property back to its owner or pay the owner for the value of the property stolen.

Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice Today to Protect Your Legal Rights

If you have been accused of theft in the state of Maryland, you may be subject to serious criminal penalties that could affect you for the rest of your life. To schedule a free consultation with a Maryland criminal defense lawyer, call our office today at 410-288-2900 or contact us online.

 

1 https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gcr&section=7-102&ext=html&session=2016RS&tab=subject5

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