Generally speaking, theft crimes in the State of Maryland are those that involve the unauthorized taking of the property of another with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. Typical theft crimes that are charged include armed robbery, robbery, theft, theft scheme, credit card theft, embezzlement, and motor vehicle theft. Some theft crimes are misdemeanors while others are felonies. All theft crimes should be taken seriously because they are punishable by possible period of incarceration and/or a substantial fine.
Any criminal record is potentially harmful, but a conviction for a theft crime is especially harmful because it sends a specific message to the outside world, “I can’t be trusted.” Because of this, a conviction for a theft crime will impact your life on several different levels, including difficulty finding a job, possible immigration consequences, and even the loss of a professional license. See The National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction for a compete list. Such barriers are referred to as collateral consequences because they are secondary, rather than primary, in nature. Avoid or minimize such collateral consequences by contacting our office today for a free consultation.
Types of Theft Crimes in Maryland
Armed robbery is an attempted robbery or the commission of a robbery with a dangerous weapon or by displaying a written instrument (such as a note) claiming that the person has possession of a dangerous weapon. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-403. If found guilty, a person charged with armed robbery is convicted of a felony that is punishable by up to 20 years of incarceration.
Robbery is the intentional taking and carrying away the property of another without consent by force or threat of force with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-402. Robbery is a felony that is punishable by a period of incarceration of up to 15 years.
A person may be charged with committing a theft scheme by engaging in a series of thefts over a period of time in a consistent manner.
Credit Card Theft
Credit card theft consists of taking someone else’s credit without his or her permission or receiving and possessing a credit card that one has reason to believe was stolen, lost, or misdelivered. See Md. Code Criminal Law 8-204. A person who is convicted of credit card theft is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a period of incarceration of up to 18 months and/or a fine of up to $500.00.
Embezzlement occurs when a fiduciary fraudulently and willfully appropriates money or something of value that the fiduciary holds in a fiduciary capacity contrary to the requirements of the fiduciary’s responsibility or secretes money or something of value that the fiduciary holds in a fiduciary capacity with a fraudulent intent to use the money or thing of value contrary to the requirements of the fiduciary’s responsibility. See Md. Code Criminal Law 7-113. A person who is convicted of embezzlement is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a minimum period of incarceration of one year and a maximum period of incarceration of five years.
Motor Vehicle Theft
Motor vehicle theft is knowingly and willfully taking a motor vehicle out of the lawful custody, control, or use of the owner without the owner’s permission. See Md. Code Criminal Law 7-105. Motor vehicle theft is a felony offense. A person who is found guilty of motor vehicle theft is subject to a period of incarceration of up to five years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.00.
Baltimore County, MD Theft Crimes Attorney
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