Theft Crimes

Defend Against Theft Charges in Baltimore

Proven Theft Crime Defense in Baltimore, MD

Theft involves taking the property or services of another without consent with the intention to deprive the owner. In Maryland, as in other states, the penalties for theft will depend primarily on the value of the items or services stolen. You could be facing a misdemeanor with little or no jail time and only a fine or years in prison with hefty fines. If convicted, you will also face the stigma of having been dishonest along with a permanent criminal record that could have an impact on your life for a very long time.

As in any criminal case, your chances for a favorable outcome will rest on the quality of your defense. A strong defense will rest on the quality of your legal representation. That is why it is imperative that you turn to a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of results in the local courts in your area. At T. Wray McCurdy, P.A., you can rely on a top-rated legal team of former Baltimore County prosecutors who have the inside understanding of how the state will build its case against you. That knowledge and experience is invaluable in building a defense strategy that can make a difference in the final outcome.

Accused of some form of theft? Learn more about your case and what to expect by consulting with one of our Baltimore theft defense attorneys. Call (410) 834-8466 for a free, initial interview.

Understanding Theft Laws in Maryland

Categories and Penalties for Theft Offenses

Along with depriving the owner of his or her property or services, theft (also known as larceny) in Maryland is also described as the willful or knowing use, concealment, or abandonment of property that ultimately deprives the owner. Theft in our state can include such acts as the possession of stolen property, the control of lost property, motor vehicle theft, motor fuel theft, writing bogus checks, shoplifting, and embezzlement.

Under Maryland law, theft according to the value of property includes:

  • Theft of property valued at less than $100, known as petty theft punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500; property must be returned or paid for
  • Theft of property valued between $100 up to $1,000, charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail and fines of up to $500
  • Theft of property valued between $1,000 and $10,000, charged as a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
  • Theft of property valued between $10,000 and $100,000 charged as felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000
  • Theft of property valued above $100,000 charged as a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000

In the case of motor fuel theft, you may also lose your driver’s license in a suspension.

You may be subject to enhanced penalties if you are convicted of repeat offenses. In cases of two or more prior convictions, you may be facing up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.

Consequences of Civil Theft Claims

Aside from criminal penalties, if you are convicted of theft from a merchant you can be subject to a civil lawsuit. You may be required to not only pay for the stolen merchandise or return it (in good order) but also to pay actual damages of the time and wages lost in prosecuting you as well as a civil penalty of $50 up to $1,000.

Choose a Dedicated Baltimore Theft Defense Firm

Exclusive Focus on Criminal Defense in Baltimore

T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. focuses its practice entirely on criminal defense which means we thoroughly understand the laws, the court system, and how to build and prepare your case successfully. Our attorneys do nothing else day in and day out. That type of concentration is invaluable in reaching the ultimate goal which is to help you minimize or avoid the consequences of a theft charge.

Ready to discuss your theft case? Contact our Baltimore defense team online or at (410) 834-8466 without delay.