What Differentiates Misdemeanor Theft Charges from Felony Theft Charges?
|Stolen Property||Crime||Max Penalties|
||Felony||20 years and/or $100,000|
||Felony||10 years and/or $20,000|
||Felony||5 years and/or $10,000|
||Gross Misdemeanor||1 year and/or $3,000|
||Misdemeanor||90 days and/or $1,000|
Property is defined as all forms of tangible property, whether real or personal, without limitation including documents of value, electricity, gas, water, corpses, domestic animals, dogs, pets, fowl, and heat. Services are defined as labor, professional services, transportation services, electronic computer services, the supplying of hotel accommodations, restaurant services, entertainment services, advertising services, telecommunication services, and the supplying of equipment for use including rental of personal property or equipment.
The burden is on the state to prove the value of the alleged property or services taken. If the state’s alleged value is incorrect, the accused can make a showing of the correct value. In general, the value is the retail market value at the time of the alleged theft or the cost of replacement within a reasonable time after the theft.
If you or someone you know is facing theft charges in Minnesota, contact one of our criminal defense attorneys today at 763-421-6366 for a free consultation.