Generally unauthorized control over property is defined as theft. The unauthorized control has to be willful, intentional or by deception. A person convicted of theft of property or services with a value of $1,000 or more is guilty of a felony subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $ 10,000. If the value of the stolen property is less than $1,000, the charges are considered to be misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 18 months or a fine not exceeding $500 or both.
Robbery is generally defined as forceful taking of a property. A person may not commit or attempt to commit robbery. A person who violates this section of MD statute is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 15 years. If a weapon is used in the commission of crime, or “a written instrument claiming the person has possession of a dangerous weapon” –then the maximum sentence is increased to 20 years.
It is imperative to contact a MD criminal lawyer specialized in theft and robbery cases to safeguard your rights and to scrutinize the government’s case and to discover all exculpatory evidence.