Taking anything that does not belong to can be considered theft, but some thefts are far worse than others in the eyes of the law. A grand theft conviction, for example, typically results in severe penalties for the defendant.
Many people have a little understanding of grand theft and often fail to realize how such a charge may jeopardize their way of life. Knowledge of the law can improve the possible outcome of your case.
What’s the difference between grand theft and theft?
It comes down to the value of the stolen goods in most situations. For example, taking something valued at $2,000 is a serious offense, while stealing something worth $200 is usually minor by comparison.
In Idaho, grand theft is a felony involving stolen goods valued at $1,000 or more. Unless there are extenuating circumstances (such as using violence), taking items worth less than $1,000 results in less severe penalties.
Are there other reasons you could face grand theft charges?
If someone gets hurt or property is destroyed during the incident, defendants may be charged with grand theft regardless of the property’s value. Below are more examples of conduct resulting in grand theft charges.
- Stealing firearms
- Using extortion to obtain property
- Taking public or government records
- Removing property from the body of another
- Killing or taking animals valued at $150 or more
The state charges the theft of any amount of anhydrous ammonia, a toxic gas when exposed to the atmosphere, as grand theft.
What are the consequences of conviction?
The possible penalties for a grand theft conviction in Idaho are harsh. You could face imprisonment for up to 20 years, a fine approaching $10,000 or both. That’s why it’s wise to consider seeking legal guidance to explore your potential criminal defense strategies.