According to Missouri Code §570.030, one could be accused of theft if they have taken another person's property or services with the intent to deprive the owner, either without consent or by deceit or coercion.
Typically, all theft-related crimes are referred to as "stealing" under Missouri law and can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies - depending on the value of the goods that were unlawfully acquired and/or nature of the property.
Class A Misdemeanor
One could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property was $500 or less - which would also apply if a person has received stolen property that was valued at less than $500. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 1 year and a fine of $1,000.
Class D Felony
One could be charged with a Class D felony if they have stolen an animal that belongs to another person and / or they had been convicted of 2 prior theft-related offenses within 10 years. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment of up to 4 years and a fine of $5,000.
Class C Felony
One could be charged with a Class C felony if the value of the stolen property was between $500 and $25,000 and / or the stolen property was a motor vehicle, firearm or credit card. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 7 years and a fine of $5,000.
Class B Felony
One could be charged with a Class B felony, which would be the most serious theft-related offenses, if the value of the stolen property was $25,000 or more. The penalties may include a term of imprisonment for up to 15 years, but not less than 5 years.
If you or someone you love has been accused of committing a theft offense in Missouri, it is imperative that you contact a Kansas City theft crime attorney at the Jacoby Law Firm as soon as possible.
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