First offense Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500.00 is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 365 days in jail, a max. fine of $500.00, or both, and court costs of approx. $135.00:
§ 514.030. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition - Penalties.
Title 50. KENTUCKY PENAL CODE
Chapter 514. THEFT AND RELATED OFFENSES
Current through Chapter 106, Regular Session 2011
§ 514.030. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition - Penalties
(1) Except as otherwise provided in KRS 217.181 or 218A.1418, a person is guilty of theft by unlawful taking or disposition when he unlawfully:
(a) Takes or exercises control over movable property of another with intent to deprive him thereof; or
(b) Obtains immovable property of another or any interest therein with intent to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.
(2) Theft by unlawful taking or disposition is a Class A misdemeanor unless the value of the property is five hundred dollars ($500) or more, in which case it is a Class D felony; or unless:
(a) The property is a firearm (regardless of the value of the firearm), in which case it is a Class D felony;
(b) The property is anhydrous ammonia (regardless of the value of the ammonia), in which case it is a Class D felony unless it is proven that the person violated this section with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine in violation of KRS 218A.1432,in which case it is a Class B felony for the first offense and a Class A felony for each subsequent offense; or
(c) The value of the property is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more, in which case it is a Class C felony.
History. Effective: June 25, 2009
Amended 2009 Ky. Acts ch. 106, §6 , effective June 25, 2009. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 233, §8 , effective July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 301, §9 , effective July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1994 Ky. Acts ch. 314, §2 , effective July 15, 1994. - Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 451, §1 , effective July 14, 1992. -- Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, §119 , effective January 1, 1975
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