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Missouri Theft and Larceny Offenses & Penalties
According to Missouri Code §570.030, one could be accused of theft it they have taken another person's property or services with the intent to deprive the owner, either without consent or by deceit or coercion. Typically, all theft-related crimes are referred to as "stealing" under Missouri law, and can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies - depending on the value of the goods that were unlawfully acquired and / or nature of the property. For this reason, all applicable theft crimes can be categorized as follows:
Class A Misdemeanor
One could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property was $500 or less - which would also apply if a person has received stolen property that was valued at less than $500. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 1 year and a fine of $1,000.
Class D Felony
One could be charged with a Class D felony if they have stolen an animal that belongs to another person and / or they had been convicted of 2 prior theft-related offenses within 10 years. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment of up to 4 years and a fine of $5,000.
Class C Felony
One could be charged with a Class C felony if the value of the stolen property was between $500 and $25,000 and / or the stolen property was a motor vehicle, firearm or credit card. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 7 years and a fine of $5,000.
Class B Felony
One could be charged with a Class B felony, which would be the most serious theft-related offenses, if the value of the stolen property was $25,000 or more. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 15 years, but not less than 5 years.
Accused of theft? Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC today!
If you or someone you love has been accused of committing a theft offense in Missouri, it is imperative that you contact a St. Louis criminal defense attorney at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. With more than 30 years of experience to contribute to your defense, our firm is well equipped to shield you from the penalties of a conviction. Additionally, our former prosecutors have personally represented clients in more than 100 criminal jury trials, bench trials and contested hearings. Trust in our capable legal team today and contact our firm or submit a free case evaluation form online.