Petty Theft Versus Grand Theft
Shoplifting is a serious crime yet 1 in 11 Americans do so anyway. Shoplifting is classified into two categories: petty theft and grand theft. Here is the difference between the two:
Petty theft is property and goods stolen that is worth less than $950. This is often charged as a misdemeanor and if convicted, the defendant can face a fine of up to $1,000, probation, and/ or up to 6 months in jail.
Grand theft is property and goods stolen that is worth more than $950, including firearms and vehicles. If charged as a misdemeanor, the defendant faces up to 1 year in jail. If charged as a felony, the defendant faces up to 3 years in state prison.
It’s never a good idea to shoplift when you know that when you get caught, you will have to pay excessively more than what the item(s) would have cost you legally.