There are many acts that can be classified as theft according to Minnesota statute. A person can be charged with theft if they:
The charge of theft ranges in severity from a misdemeanor to a felony. The severity of the charge will depend upon the facts and circumstances of the case and the value of the property or services allegedly taken. The most serious theft offenses are felony offenses and are punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years and to a payment of a fine of up to $100,000. These include offenses where the stolen property or services is valued at $5000-$35,000, the property is a firearm, or the property is a trade secret or explosive.
If the property is valued at $1000 – $5000, a person can face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 as well as a felony on their criminal history.
A person can be charged with gross misdemeanor theft if the value of the property or services stolen is between $500 – $1000. This carries a potential sentence of up to one year I jail and/or $3000 in fines.
A misdemeanor theft charge occurs when a person takes property or services valued at less than $500. The offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1000.
But, by far, one of the most onerous things about a theft charge is a possible theft conviction on your record. Even a misdemeanor theft conviction can seriously impact one’s employment status and opportunities.
There are many defenses to theft and there are many exceptions to these consequences. If you are charged with a theft offense, you should contact an experienced and result-driven Minneapolis theft attorney immediately. Together we will discuss your case, the possible defenses, and the best strategy to protect your record and your freedom.