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?
A theft is a
misdemeanor when it involves property with a value of
$500.00 or less. Again there is an exception for
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
A theft is a felony when it involves property with a value in excess
of $500.00. There is an exception for
In most instances, the penalty for felony theft is imprisonment for
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.
theft is just the minor league compared to
is often thought of as theft. However, not all burglaries involve
Types of Theft
A listing of
the various types of theft with their definitions
can be found here.
Please note that
Theft by Shoplifting
it's own page.
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