Many people consider theft to be stealing an item from another person; however, an individual could also be charged with a theft crime if they use the property of another without their consent. Being charged with any type of theft can have severe impact upon a person’s freedoms and future, so it is imperative that you retain powerful legal counsel to challenge the allegations if you have been arrested for this crime.
Under Maine’s criminal code 17-A §360, the unauthorized use of someone else’s property is theft, and a person is guilty if they:
Maine prosecutes theft crimes very strictly, and though the state no longer categorizes criminal offenses as misdemeanor or felony, they do charge violations of the law under certain classes. An offense of unauthorized use of property will be charged according to the circumstances of the crime and the offender’s criminal record. Most theft crimes of this nature are charged as either Class D or Class C offenses.
Class D: A crime punishable by a fine of as much as $2000 and incarceration of up to 364 days.
Class C: A crime punishable by a fine of as much as $5000 and incarceration of up to 5 years.
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