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theft CRIMES IN GA
 


Theft IN gEORGIA is a Crime of Moral Turpitude
Theft of property, goods, or services can occur in several forms. A theft can either be a felony or a misdemeanor. Theft is a crime of moral turpitude whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. It is the type of crime that most employers have a difficult time overlooking. After all, they reason, if you steal from someone else, why wouldn't you steal from them?

Misdemeanor Theft
A theft is a
misdemeanor when it involves property with a value of $500.00 or less. Again there is an exception for Theft by Shoplifting.

It should be noted that for a second misdemeanor theft, there is a mandatory minimum fine of $250. A third such conviction carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days or home confinement of 120 days.

Felony Theft
A theft is a felony when it involves property with a value in excess of $500.00. There is an exception for
Theft by Shoplifting.

In most instances, the penalty for felony theft is imprisonment for 1-10 years.

OCGA 16-8-12

However, there are certain circumstances where the sentence could be 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-10 years, and 1-15 years.

If this is your second felony theft offense, there are circumstances that call for a sentence of 1-20 years.

Robbery and Armed Robbery
Other felony theft is just the minor league compared to Robbery and Armed Robbery.

Burglary
Burglary is often thought of as theft. However, not all burglaries involve theft.

Types of Theft
A listing of the various types of theft with their definitions can be found here. Please note that Theft by Shoplifting has it's own page.

Forgery
There are two types of forgery in Georgia.

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