Theft Laws– Louisiana

New Orleans Theft Defense Attorney

Theft — La RS 14:67

Theft is the misappropriation or taking of anything of value which belongs to another, either without the consent of the other to the misappropriation or taking, or by means of fraudulent conduct, practices, or representations.  An intent to deprive the other permanently of whatever may be the subject of the misappropriation or taking is essential.

Penalties

When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of $25,000.00 or more shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 20 years, or may be fined not more than $50,000 , or both.  This is a Felony.

When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of $5000 or more, but less than a value of $25,000.00 , the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 10 years, or may be fined not more than $10,000.00 , or both.

When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of $1000 or more, but less than a value of $5,000.00 , the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 5 years, or may be fined not more than $3,000.00 , or both.

When the misappropriation or taking amounts to less than a value of $1000 dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or may be fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.  If the offender in such cases has been convicted of theft 2 or more times previously, upon any subsequent conviction he shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 2 years, or may be fined not more than $2,000.00, or both.  Generally, this is a misdemeanor.

**  When there has been a misappropriation or taking by a number of distinct acts of the offender, the aggregate of the amount of the misappropriations or taking shall determine the grade of the offense.

Legal Representation

If you are being accused of theft, contact New Orleans criminal defense attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter. She is prepared to serve as your advocate.

 

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