Case Types:

Financial Crimes: Theft

Theft occurs when a person takes control over another person's property, without permission, with the intent to deprive the owner of it; or if a person willfully uses, conceals, or abandons the property, which deprives the owner of it.


The State must prove that a defendant took and carried away property belonging to another; and that it was done without authorization and with the intent to deprive the owner.  Property means anything of value.


Theft under $1,000 is a misdemeanor and a person convicted is subject to imprisonment up to 18 months and/or a fine not exceeding $500.  Theft over $1,000 is a felony.  A person convicted of felony theft faces imprisonment up to 25 years, depending on the amount of the theft, and/or fines up to $25,000.


Possession of stolen property:  A person can be charged with theft if they are in possession of stolen property.  In that case, the State must prove that the defendant knew the property was stolen or believed that it probably was stolen and that the defendant's purpose was to deprive the owner of the property.


Likewise, when a defendant is in possession of stolen property shortly after it was stolen and the possession is not explained, a defendant may be found guilty of theft.


Criminal defense attorney, Maria Patterson, defends theft and possession of stolen property in Prince George's, Charles, Calvert, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties.  If you have been charged with theft or possession of stolen property please call Maria Patterson at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at her Prince George's county office.   The law office of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott is conveniently located on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301.



17251 Melford Boulevard, Suite 101

Bowie, MD 20715 US

301-383-1525​