Have you recently been arrested for theft? If so, it is important to understand what constitutes the difference between grand theft and petty theft legally before you step foot in a court of law.
When you take someone's property against their will with the intent of keeping it, this is considered theft. In order to be considered grand theft, however, the dollar amount of the item(s) stolen must exceed a certain amount, which itself varies by state. The term "property" in relation to theft can apply to many things, including labor, money, real property or personal property.
If you have stolen something that does not exceed the amount required for grand theft, this is referred to as petty theft. In many states, petty theft is a misdemeanor which carries a lesser sentence than grand theft, which is a felony. Someone who is arrested for petty theft may spend up to one year in jail and pay a fine, while grand theft can place you behind bars for several years.
If you are facing North Carolina theft crime charges, now is the time to contact the Hopper Law Firm. Whether you have been charged with petty theft or grand theft, our
Raleigh criminal defense lawyers can be of great assistance to you.