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Types Of Theft Crimes And Property Offenses

At Aldridge & Birdwhistell Law Firm, PSC, we provide sound advice and effective representation to those accused of property-related crimes in Hardin County. We help you achieve the best outcome when you have been accused of shoplifting, burglary or another Kentucky theft offense.

There are a wide variety of theft crimes in Kentucky law, ranging from Class A misdemeanors to Class B felonies. Some crimes may involve taking by physical force, while others involve taking through deception such as embezzlement or other white collar crimes.

Why The Value Of Property Is Important

Whether a theft crime is a felony or misdemeanor in most cases depends upon the value of the property involved. (For example, if the property is worth $500 or less, it will most likely be a Class A misdemeanor.) Some theft crimes are felonies regardless of the value of the property, such as the theft of a firearm or the theft of drugs or anhydrous ammonia.

Theft offenses in Kentucky include:

  • Theft by unlawful taking or disposition
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake
  • Theft of services
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft of telecommunications services
  • Theft by extortion
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Obscuring identity of machine or other property
  • Theft of mail matter
  • Theft of identity
  • Trafficking in stolen identities

For any given theft offense, the elements of the crime are set out in statute, and each element of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury before you can be convicted of the crime.

Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected

You have the right to have a criminal defense lawyer defend you. Your attorney can help you identify applicable defenses and obtain the best possible outcome so you can get on with your life.

Call Aldridge & Birdwhistell at 270-765-2000 in Elizabethtown or 270-505-9219 in Louisville, or send us an email for a free initial consultation.