McIntosh Law
Speak With Our Attorneys -
Phone: 941-306-3230
View Our Practice Areas

A theft charge: The penalties you may face for theft convictions

Theft is a charge that ranges in severity depending on a number of factors. For example, if you steal a candy bar, you shouldn't face the same charges as someone who steals a car. Sentencing ranges from repaying what you owe to facing time in prison.

Normally, when the case involves only a low value of stolen property, you will face a petty theft charge. Usually, the value of these cases is no more than $1,000. In petty theft cases, it's typical to face a misdemeanor and potentially jail time for less than a year. Depending on the number of times you've been convicted of petty theft, you may face harsher penalties thanks to repeat offender laws.

For higher value cases, it's possible to face a felony charge. You may have to pay restitution (the funds that go to the victim) as well as fines. Certain types of thefts may have additional charges that could be pressed, which raise the penalties you face.

Remember that your past criminal history does play a role in current sentencing. If you have a clean record, you're more likely to receive leniency, whereas a repeat offender may face harsher penalties. The court will consider mitigating circumstances regardless of the number of offenses you've committed, which is why it's a good idea to defend yourself with your side of the story.

Your attorney can help you defend yourself by showing why you took something or why you're being falsely accused. With the right support for your argument, it's possible to have the charges lowered or dropped.

Source: FindLaw, "Theft Penalties and Sentencing," accessed July 11, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Avvo Rating 9.6 | Brett Donald McIntosh | Top Attorney
  • Avvo | Clients' Choice Award 2016 | Brett Donald McIntosh
  • Reviews | 5 stars Out of 16 reviews | Brett Donald McIntosh | Avvo
Email Us For A Response

Get Started Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


McIntosh Law
766 Hudson Avenue
Suite B
Sarasota, FL 34236

Toll Free: 866-943-0466
Phone: 941-306-3230
Fax: 941-957-0706
Sarasota Law Office Map