Georgia law allows for distinctions between several different types of theft charges. The possible sentence you receive for this charge depends on the type of theft in Georgia, how the theft occurred, and the value of the stolen item. To get a better idea of what to expect for your unique case, contact Statesboro criminal defense lawyer Matt Hube today for a free case evaluation.
The various types of theft—both felonies and misdemeanors—are:
– Theft by taking – taking the property of another with the intention of depriving the rightful owner of the property.
– Theft by receiving – accepting property you knew, or should have known was stolen. (The “should have known” is subject to interpretation.)
– Theft by deception – using any form of deceit to steal the property of another person. In many jurisdictions, this is considered the definition of “fraud.”
– Theft of services – receiving the benefit of the services from someone and intentionally refusing to pay for those services.
– Theft by Extortion – the use of threats or coercion to obtain the property of another person.
– Theft by Conversion – legally obtaining the property of another person for a specific purpose, and converting that purpose into personal gain.
– Theft of lost or mislaid property – appropriating property that you knew, or reasonably should have known, was lost or mislaid by another person, but made no reasonable attempt to locate the rightful owner.
– Theft by bringing stolen property into the state – bringing property you knew, or should have known, was stolen into the State of Georgia.
– Unlawful entry of an auto – entering the vehicle of another person without the legal right to do so.
As you can probably guess, many of these charges depend on the intention of the defendant, and are open to interpretation. For this reason, it is vital to have an experienced criminal attorney on your side to argue your case to the judge or jury. If you are facing the criminal charge of theft in Georgia, contact Statesboro criminal defense lawyer Matt Hube today to start building your case.