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What is Limit For Felony Theft in Kentucky?

In general, the limit for misdemeanor theft in Kentucky is $499. If the value of the property is $500 or more, the theft can be charged as a felony.

KRS 514.030 defines Theft by unlawful taking or disposition -- Penalties. (1) Except as otherwise provided in KRS 217.181, a person is guilty of theft by unlawful taking or disposition when he unlawfully: (a) Takes or exercises control over movable property of another with intent to deprive him thereof; or (b) Obtains immovable property of another or any interest therein with intent to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto. (2) Theft by unlawful taking or disposition is a Class A misdemeanor unless: (a) The property is a firearm (regardless of the value of the firearm), in which case it is a Class D felony; (b) The property is anhydrous ammonia (regardless of the value of the ammonia), in which case it is a Class D felony unless it is proven that the person violated this section with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine in violation of KRS 218A.1432, in which case it is a Class B felony for the first offense and a Class A felony for each subsequent offense; (c) The property is one (1) or more controlled substances valued collectively at less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), in which case it is a Class D felony; (d) The value of the property is five hundred dollars ($500) or more but less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), in which case it is a Class D felony; (e) The value of the property is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more but less than one million dollars ($1,000,000), in which case it is a Class C felony; (f) The value of the property is one million dollars ($1,000,000) or more but less than ten million dollars ($10,000,000), in which case it is a Class B felony.

If you have been charged with theft, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. For consultation in Northern Kentucky, call the Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6453 or email Michael Bouldin directly at [email protected].  An attorney can advise you of your rights and assure that they are protected.  An attorney may be able to secure a place with misdemeanor or felony diversion, negotiate a deal, appeal to minimize the sentence, or discuss trial strategy.  Don't make the mistake of trying to "handle" your case alone and turn a shoplifting charge into a felony.

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