Georgia is Tough on Theft Crimes

The vast majority of theft crimes in Georgia are charged as either theft by taking or theft by shoplifting. The distinction will have major consequences in determining whether you're charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.

For instance, one determining factor as to whether or not you are charged with a felony is the value of the property. If you are charged with theft by shoplifting and the value of the property taken is worth $500 or more, you will be charged with a felony. However, if you are charged with theft by taking, the threshold for a felony is $1,500.

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