Theft & Shoplifting

Theft & Shoplifting

Being charged with theft or shoplifting in Kentucky or Ohio can have serious consequences. Beyond incarceration or substantial fines, few employers will want to hire someone with a theft-related conviction on their record.

Additionally, if you are going through a divorce or custody battle, a theft or shoplifting charge can be used against you and put you on an unequal playing field. As part of the disposition of the case, many courts exclude the offender from being able to enter the premises where the offense was committed.

Kentucky Shoplifting Penalties

In Kentucky, the following penalties apply to shoplifting:

Theft of goods valued at under $500

  • Class A Misdemeanor
  • Jail time of up to 12 months; fines up to $500

Theft of goods valued at $500 to $10,000; theft of items used to manufacture methamphetamine or theft of a firearm

  • Class D Felony
  • Jail time between one and five years; fines up to the greater of double the gain from the offense or $10,000

Theft of goods valued at $10,000 or more

  • Class C Felony
  • Jail time between one and five years; fines up to the greater of double the gain from the offense or $10,000

Theft by unlawful taking is a Class A misdemeanor in Kentucky, unless:

  • The theft is of a firearm, in which case it is a Class D felony.
  • The theft is of anhydrous ammonia, in which case it is a Class D felony. If theft of anhydrous ammonia is accompanied by the intent of making methamphetamines, it is a Class B felony and a Class A felony for all subsequent offenses.
  • The theft is of controlled substances valued at less than $10,000, in which case it is a Class D felony.
  • The stolen property is worth $500 or more and under $10,000, in which case it is a Class D felony.
  • The stolen property is worth $10,000 or more and under $1 million, in which case it is a Class C felony.
  • The stolen property is worth $1 million and less than $10 million, in which case it is a Class B felony.
  • The stolen property is worth $10 million or more, in which case it is a Class B felony.


Our experienced attorneys at Busald Funk Zevely, P.S.C. can help you obtain a favorable outcome and keep a shoplifting or theft charge off your record. If you reside in Boone or Campbell County, call one of our criminal defense attorneys today to get the result you need.