The maximum punishment allowed under Arkansas law for a Class A Misdemeanor is one year in county jail and/or fines not exceeding $2,500.00. It is, however, very unlikely a first time theft offender would receive the maximum sentence for such a crime. You also asked whether the judge could increase your charge to a felony. The answer to that question is no, but under some circumstances the prosecutor could. In general, if the value of what they say you stole exceeds $1,000.00 it can be...