Theft Crimes in Maryland
One of the most commonly committed crimes in Maryland is theft. By definition under Maryland Criminal Law § 7-104, theft involves a person’s unauthorized control over the property of another, even if the property was lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake. Possession of stolen property and the obtainment of services available only for compensation (without providing such compensation) are also considered theft under Maryland law.
The penalties for theft crimes are typically determined by the value of the property or services stolen. The theft of property or services between $1,000 and $10,000 carries a felony charge and a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and/or a maximum fine of $10,000. Additionally, a convicted offender may be required to restore property to the original owner or else pay for the property and/or services. As values increase, so do the maximum penalties.
The theft of property or services valued under $1,000 carries a misdemeanor charge and a maximum imprisonment of eighteen months and/or a maximum fine of $5,000 for a first offense. Regardless of the value of the theft, anyone convicted of theft may be required to restore the stolen property to the owner or pay for value of the property or services.
Bowie Theft Crime Statistics
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the following theft crime statistics were recorded by Bowie law enforcement in 2010:
- 1,042 total theft crimes;
- 212 burglaries;
- 715 larceny-thefts; and
- 117 auto thefts.
Although theft crimes are not necessarily violent crimes (though they can be), they still have the potential to jeopardize a person’s personal and financial future. If you have been accused of a theft crime in Bowie, an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer can protect your legal rights.
An Aggressive Defense to Protect Your Future
Being arrested for a theft crime can be very overwhelming, but it is important to not lose your head in such a situation. The most important step in combating theft charges is by retaining the services of an experienced Bowie theft crime defense attorney with Alpert Schreyer. We are committed to using our extensive knowledge, skills, and resources to build a strong defense on your behalf. To learn more about how we can protect your legal rights, contact us today for a free consultation at (866) 444-6363.