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Theft of Less Than $5,000 Is A Felony, Punishable by Up To 10 Years In Prison

Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Washington State law defines theft as: “To wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services,” including by deception, and by appropriation of misdelivered goods or services. (RCW 9A.56.020). Essentially theft is taking someone else’s property with the intent to deprive them of it.

As with many crimes in Washington State, theft has three degrees. Theft in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor, but theft in the first and second degrees are felonies.

Theft of Less Than $5,000 Is A Felony, Punishable by Up To 10 Years In Prison

Second degree theft, which is theft of property or services worth more than $750 but less than $5,000 (excluding theft of firearms and motor vehicles - those fall under their own statutes) is a Class C felony. This means that if you are convicted of stealing less than $5,000 worth of property or services, you could be facing as much as 5 years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000.

Washington State judges use a sentencing grid (RCW 9.94A.510) in determining the length of imprisonment. The sentencing grid accounts for various factors in the case, including the type of crime and the number of prior convictions, if any, a person has on their record.

Theft charges are serious and can carry hefty punishment. You need a fierce criminal defense attorney to mount a strong defense for you. A criminal defense attorney will be proficient at identifying the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case against you and leveraging them in negotiations. Therefore, calling an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney should be your first step in fighting the felony theft allegations against you.

Were you arrested for theft? The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC know how important it is to defend your rights and can help you fight your charges in court. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and they will help take on allegations of theft with confidence. For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been proudly serving those in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

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