Petit Theft Charges and Penalties

Petit theft is the least severe theft offense that a person can be charged with. However, even though it is a misdemeanor, getting charged with any crime is serious. Even a misdemeanor petit theft charge could result in costly penalties including jail time. If you or someone you know has been arrested for petit theft, the Champaign-Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices are prepared to defend your case. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 for more information.

Penalties for Petit Theft Conviction

Often, a person is arrested for petit theft when he or she is suspected of shoplifting. However, stealing from an individual can also result in a petit theft charge. The following offenses are classified as petit theft:

  • Stealing items valued at less than $150 from a store
  • Stealing less than $300 from an individual

If you are convicted of petit theft, you may receive the following penalties:

  • Up to $400 in fines
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to 3 years probation

While petit theft is considered to be a relatively minor crime, it can still tarnish your reputation and complicate your life in many ways. Not only will you have a criminal record for a petit theft conviction, but you may also have a more difficult time finding a job, keeping a job, applying for higher education, or securing a loan. If you have been arrested for misdemeanor theft it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

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To learn more about petit theft defense and how an experienced Champaign criminal defense attorney can help you, contact Bruno Law Offices today by calling (217) 328-6000.