When a person steals the property of another individual, it can result in a criminal charge. However, the exact charge a person may be subject to depends on the circumstances surrounding the act. Most people are familiar with the concepts of theft and robbery, but do not know the difference between the two of them. It is important to know that this difference is that robbery involves the use of force or intimidation. The laws regarding theft and robbery in the state of Maryland are outlined below.
The state of Maryland defines theft as an act of depriving another person of their property without their consent. This can be seen in instances of shoplifting, fraud, deception, larceny, embezzlement, and more. The consequences of theft charges can vary depending on the value of the property. This can include the following:
- Petty Theft: When the property stolen is valued at $100 or less, it can result in up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine
- Misdemeanor Theft: When the property stolen is valued between $100 and $1500, it can result in up to 6 months in jail and/or up to a $500 fine
- Felony Theft: If the property stolen is valued between $1500 and $25,000, it can result in up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. If the property was valued between $25,000 and $100,000, it can result in up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine. Stolen property that is valued at more than $100,000 can result in up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Robbery occurs in the state of Maryland when a person intentionally takes the property or services of another through the use of force or threat of force with the intent to deprive the property owner permanently. It is important to know that these charges can be upgraded to armed robbery in the event that a weapon is used during the act. This is a separate charge in Maryland. The consequences for these offenses are as follows:
- Robbery: Classified as a felony offense, this can result in up to 15 years in prison, a fine, and restitution to the victim.
- Armed robbery: Classified as a felony offense, this can result in up to 20 years in prison, a fine, and restitution to the victim.
- Additional penalties apply if a gun is used.
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