Defending Theft in Kentucky
Theft and Other Related Crimes Carry a Stiff Penalty
Most people don't realize just how easy it can be to be charged with theft or theft related crimes. For example, I have successfully defended cases where an individual buys an item at a flea market, garage sale, or pawn shop thinking they bargain for a good deal only to later be charged by the police for receiving stolen property.
Another example occurs when people genuinely believe they have permission to collect scrap for their personal use or sale. Later, however, the police come knocking at their door and arrest them for theft by unlawful taking.
In short, being charged with theft can occur quite easily. The police often don't want to hear your explanation. They charge first, indict second, and ask questions later. All the while your freedom is at stake. In Kentucky, the penalties are severe for theft. Felony theft occurs when the value of the property is just $500 or more.
Kentucky Has 16 Laws that Govern the Theft of Property
Under Kentucky law, theft covers a large variety of crimes having common names as grand larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, extortion, and receiving stolen property. Depending upon the value of the property, the following theft charges either can be felonies or misdemeanors:
- Theft by unlawful taking or disposition (KRS § 514.030)
- Theft by deception (KRS § 514.040);
- Theft of property lost, is laid, or delivered by mistake (KRS § 514.050);
- Theft of services (KRS § 514.060);
- Possession, use, or transfer of device for theft of telecommunications services (KRS § 514.065);
- Theft by failure to make a required disposition of property (KRS § 514.070);
- Theft by extortion (KRS § 514.080);
- Theft of labor already rendered ((KRS § 514.090);
- Unauthorized use of automobile or other propelled vehicle (KRS § 514.100);
- Receiving stolen property (KRS § 514.110);
- Obscuring identity of machine or other property (KRS § 514.120);
- Seizure and forfeiture of certain property ((KRS § 514.130);
- Theft of mail matter (KRS § 514.140);
- Possession of stolen mail matter (KRS § 514.150);
- Theft of identity (KRS § 514.160); and
- Trafficking in stolen identities (KRS § 514.170).