This is a hard answer to explain online, but it is an important question. We’ll do our best to explain here, but please feel free to call our office for a more in-depth analysis.
You will receive a separate charge for each item stolen. Therefore, if each item stolen is worth over $500 dollars, you will receive a felony theft charge for each item. If you steal multiple items worth over $500, as well as multiple items worth less than $500, you will receive felony theft charges for the items worth over $500, and misdemeanor theft charges for items under.
For example, let’s say you allegedly stole multiple auto parts over time. Upon arrest (and depending on the evidence), you would be charged for each and every auto part that you had allegedly stolen. The type of charge—misdemeanor or felony—and the seriousness of it would depend on how much each part cost.
These will all start out as separate charges, but in most cases, they are combined upon conviction and sentencing.
So for the above conviction, this could mean that you ultimately have one charge of misdemeanor theft and one charge of felony theft.
The difference between misdemeanor theft and felony theft in Georgia can be confusing. To learn more, click here to read our blog post on the matter. For your convenience, we’ve also created an infographic detailing the difference between the two types of charges.