Theft, Fraud, and Forgery, these are known as ‘crimes of dishonesty.’ If you commit theft, fraud, or forgery, your life will be effected for a long time to come. Why? People won’t trust you. You will have trouble finding a job, housing, loans, getting into school, getting financial aid, or anything that depends on your word.
A person commits theft when the person appropriate property of another with intent to deprive the owner of property, without the owner’s effective consent. A person can also be charged with theft if they accept stolen property, in which case the government must probe that a person appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property, the property is stolen, and the defendant knew the property was stolen by another. The severity of the charge depends on the type, and more often, value of the property. If the defendant stole property worth between $20 and $500, it is a Class B misdemeanor. If the value is less than $50, and the defendant has a prior theft conviction, it is a Class B misdemeanor.
Forgery is a generally a Class A misdemeanor. A person can be convicted of forgery if the government proves that a person forged a writing with the intent to defraud or harm another. Forgery is a state jail felony of the writing is a will, credit card, or check. Forgery is a third degree felony under different circumstances.
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