Felony theft in Kentucky is any theft where the value of the items stolen is over $500. Felony theft is generally a class D felony, which is punishable by up to 1-5 years in prison. If the value exceeds $10,000, the theft may be charged as a class C felony. Also, theft is not to be confused with Robbery.
Pursuant to KRS 515.030 Robbery in the second degree. (1) A person is guilty of robbery in the second degree when, in the course of committing theft, he uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft. (2) Robbery in the second degree is a Class C felony. Robbery does not require a certain value of the item stolen to be considered a felony.
Class C felonies carry penalties from 5-10 years in prison in addition to financial penalties and court costs.
Theft under $500 is generally a misdemeanor in Kentucky. A misdemeanor can carry up to 12 months in jail and up to $500 fine in addition to court costs. While these are possibilities, it is unusual for this punishment, especially if charged as a first offense. Guns, violence, robbery or burglary greatly enhance the penalties and potential therefore. Some misdemeanors are eligible for probation, mediation or diversion. An attorney can help you get the best deal possible for your charges and based on the facts of your case.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony theft in Kentucky, you will undoubtedly be best served by hiring an atorney. For consultation in Northern Kentucky, call Bouldin Law Firm and schedule an appointment to speak to Michael Bouldin. Call 581-MIKE or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Call 859-581-6453 and speak to Mike or Emily to schedule a consultation.