Theft is the most common criminal offense in Kentucky. The legal consequences for theft depend on the amount stolen and the nature of the property stolen, among other factors. A theft charge can lead to serious consequences for the accused, including jail time and large fines.
Dan Carman and Attorneys have represented clients facing theft charges, and our experience can be a big asset to your case. We will investigate your case to find out if you were treated fairly by the police, and we will work to have your charges lessened or dismissed.
Theft In Kentucky
In 2014, there were more theft offenses in Kentucky than other offenses, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all offenses reported. The following cities represent the 10 Kentucky cities (outside Louisville) with the highest number of larceny/theft charges in 2014 reported to the Kentucky State Police.
- Lexington – 11,006 theft offenses reported
- Bowling Green – 3,319 theft offenses reported
- Owensboro – 2,401 theft offenses reported
- Florence – 1,803 theft offenses reported
- Richmond – 1,674 theft offenses reported
- Paducah – 1,623 theft offenses reported
- Covington – 1,266 theft offenses reported
- Frankfort – 1,160 theft offenses reported
- Elizabethtown – 1,060 theft offenses reported
- Ashland – 1,053 theft offenses reported.
Kentucky Laws on Theft
There are many different types of theft charges in Kentucky. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition is one of the most common offenses. These offenses are usually considered Class A misdemeanors IF the alleged loss amount is under $500, with the following exceptions.
- The property is a firearm (Class D felony).
- The property is anhydrous ammonia (Class D felony, or Class B if there is intent to manufacture methamphetamines).
- The property is a controlled substance valued at less than $10,000 (Class D felony).
- The property is valued at $500 or more but under $10,000 (Class D felony).
- The property is valued at $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000 (Class C felony).
- The property is valued at $1,000,000 or more but less than $10,000,000 (Class B felony)
- The property is valued at $10,000,000 or more (Class B felony).
Punishment for theft depends, in part, on the severity of the charges.
A conviction can mean imprisonment, fines, community service, and probation. Having these charges on your record can also make it more difficult to find employment or find suitable housing. If you are charged with another crime in the future, a theft conviction can make things even more complicated.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one is facing a theft charge in Kentucky, Dan Carman and Attorneys can seek to help. We can provide you with skilled, experienced representation to ensure that your case has the best possible chance for a desirable outcome. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.