Understanding the Legal Consequences of Felony Theft Maryland

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Theft is not merely a breach of trust; it disrupts the very fabric of society. In Maryland, the legal ramifications of theft can lead an individual down a treacherous path, especially when the value of the stolen item or service crosses the “felony” threshold. Under the Maryland Code, Criminal Law Title 7, theft becomes a felony when the value of the property or services stolen is equal to $1,500 or more. 

This startling fact bears significant weight, as the consequences escalate with the theft’s value, leading to more severe penalties, including hefty fines and even jail time.

Navigating the complexities of the general theft provisions in Section 7-104 can be a labyrinthine endeavor, with legal intricacies that demand interpretation from a seasoned attorney. With our profound understanding of Maryland’s legal system, we offer thorough representation to those accused of theft, ensuring their rights are defended every step of the way.

At Scrofano Law PC, our team is well-versed in the minute details of Maryland’s theft laws—from defining the threshold of felony theft to understanding the intricacies of Section 7-104—and the strategies needed to navigate these battles. We embrace our role as advocates who provide a beacon of hope, illuminating the route through Maryland’s criminal justice system for those accused of felony theft.

Reach out today for a free consultation and tell us how we can help you. 

What Constitutes Felony Theft in Maryland

Could stealing a bottle of water be a felony? Most likely not. In Maryland, felony theft occurs when the value of stolen property or services surpasses a certain monetary threshold. This pivotal point, set at $1,500, distinguishes felony theft from misdemeanor theft, reflecting the state’s stringent stance against higher-value property crimes.

At what point does theft escalate to a grave concern for us as a society? When stolen assets or services exceed $1,500, it’s viewed not just as an infringement of personal property but as an act that potentially undermines the economic stability of the victims and the surrounding community and is considered a felony. 

Maryland legislation categorizes these offenses according to the value of the items stolen, establishing clear legal boundaries for these felonies. Additionally, individuals found guilty are often required to return the stolen items or compensate the owner for their loss.

The thresholds have evolved, reflecting legislative efforts to adapt to economic changes and set proportional consequences for property crimes.

Familiarizing yourself with Maryland’s theft laws will provide valuable insights into the full scope of the laws and how they may relate to your circumstances. It’s important to reiterate that “theft” can escalate to a “felony” based on the value of the items taken, which heavily influences the severity of the penalties imposed.

Penalties for Felony Theft in Maryland

In Maryland, felony theft is defined as intentionally depriving another of property or services worth $1,500 or more. The penalties for such theft can be stringent and are designed to reflect the severity of the crime.

For example, theft involving property or services valued at $1,500 to under $25,000 results in a felony charge, carrying a potential sentence of up to five years in prison, a fine not exceeding $10,000, or both.

Theft Value


Penalty Guidelines

$1,500 – $25,000


Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine

$25,000 – $100,000


Maximum of 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine

Exceeding $100,000


Up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine

For the most egregious cases where the value of the stolen property or services is $500,000 or more, the offender may face up to 25 years in prison, a fine not exceeding $25,000, or both.

It is also important to note that repeat offenders may face harsher penalties under Maryland law. Additionally, individuals convicted of theft may also be ordered to pay restitution to the victims, which means reimbursing the value of the stolen property or services.

For detailed information regarding felony theft law changes and penalties, one can refer to legislative documents, such as the Senate Bill 652 Reinforcement (SB0652), often containing updates and amendments to existing laws.

Defense Strategies for Felony Theft

Can the state prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed felony theft? This question lies at the heart of any criminal charge. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we understand the gravity of the situation. Facing felony theft charges in Maryland could lead to severe consequences if not handled strategically. Theft crimes are serious matters, and knowing possible defenses is crucial.

The law requires that theft be intentional; therefore, if there’s no intent, the theft did not occur. 

“Mistake of Fact,” for example, happens when someone honestly believes they have the right to the property they took. This defense negates the necessary criminal intent. Similarly, “Lack of Intent” can be a strong defense; perhaps you were simply borrowing the item with plans to return it.

Consent plays a pivotal role, too. For example, did the owner give you permission to use or take the property? Proving that you had consent could dismantle the theft allegations. Another line of defense is called “Ownership or Right to Possession,” where you argue the property in question actually belongs to you.

In cases where the accused was wrongfully identified, proving “Mistaken Identity” is an efficient defense. Surveillance footage could pinpoint you at the scene erroneously, but further evidence can correct this error.

Moreover, leveraging “Insufficient Evidence” is a common but potent defense. We’ll scrutinize the prosecutor’s evidence, ensuring it meets legal standards. If the evidence doesn’t meet the threshold, the charge may not stand.

Acting swiftly with the guidance of a knowledgeable Maryland theft lawyer is imperative. Each case is different, but the aim remains the same: to challenge the prosecution’s claims and safeguard your rights and future.

Why Choose Scrofano Law PC for Your Felony Theft Case

Facing felony theft charges in Maryland can be a daunting experience. Have you considered the impact of a conviction on your future? Scrofano Law PC offers diligent legal defense, ensuring that every facet of your case is meticulously examined to safeguard your rights.

With a repertoire of successfully handled felony theft cases, as detailed in our testimonials page, our firm boasts a comprehensive understanding of Maryland’s legal landscape. Our experiences lead to a nuanced strategy in your defense, tailored to the specifics of felony theft law.

At Scrofano Law PC, you are not just another case number. We pride ourselves on a client-centered approach, offering personalized attention and dedication to achieving justice for you.

Time is of the essence. Our lines are always open so that you can reach us promptly. We encourage you to act swiftly to secure competent legal representation.

When the stakes are high, choosing a law firm with the skill and dedication necessary to navigate complex legal proceedings is imperative. By contacting Scrofano Law PC, you take the first step towards a formidable defense. 

Let us discuss how we can contribute to your case’s most favorable possible outcome.


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