What is the difference between grand theft and petty theft?

When an individual steals someone else’s property and is caught, he or she may be accused of theft. Depending on the value of the stolen property, the crime will be labeled petty theft or grand theft.

In most cases, if the total value of the stolen goods is $500 or less, the theft is considered petty and may carry misdemeanor charges. For goods valued in excess of $500, the theft is considered grand and may carry felony charges.

It is important to note that individuals who steal multiple goods will be charged based on the total value of the stolen goods. That means an individual who steals two items, both worth $300, will be charged with grand theft.

If you have questions about theft or have been charged with petty or grand theft, contact the Champaign-Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 for a free case evaluation.