In Georgia, theft crime charges will either be:
When the item(s) allegedly stolen was worth no more than $1500 – Upon conviction, these theft charges can be punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. When the resulting jail sentence is for a term of six months or less, it may be possible to serve time over non-work days (such as weekends).
When the item(s) allegedly stolen was valued between $1500 and $24,999.99 – Upon conviction, these theft charges can be punishable by at least one year, up to a maximum of 10 year, in prison. If the value of the item(s) allegedly stolen was $25,000 or more, a conviction can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Felony theft charges may also be filed in Georgia when someone is accused of stealing or taking:
- Anhydrous ammonia
- An explosive, firearm or destructive device
- A motor vehicle worth at least $100
- Items of value while telemarketing, providing home improvement services or using a computer
- Bank or government property, when the alleged perpetrator is an employee of the bank or government
In some of these cases, a conviction may be punishable by up to 15 years in prison.