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A theft crime is charged when a person steals anything of value from another person. From property or goods to services or money, theft is prosecuted severely and can affect the life of the defendant for years to come.
Theft crimes include any of the following:
Since the range of theft crimes is so large, New Mexico law breaks up theft punishments based on the value of the property stolen. Certain items are classified based on the type of property stolen.
A petty misdemeanor refers to a value of $250 or less and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $500 fine. A misdemeanor is punished with up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for a value of goods stolen between $250 and $500.
A fourth degree felony refers to a value of $500 to $2,500 stolen and is penalized with up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines. Third degree felony theft applies to $2,500 to $20,000 worth of property stolen and if convicted, you could face up to 3 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
A second degree felony theft charge is convicted with up to 9 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for $20,000 or more worth of goods or property stolen.
For aggressive defense against theft crimes charges, you can count on our skilled Albuquerque criminal defense lawyer at Border Law Office, PA. Call our firm anytime at 505.705.8028 for a free consultation where we will discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help you.