What are the penalties for felony theft?


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The penalties for felony theft can include a prison sentence, fines and court-ordered restitution, according to Nolo. Each state determines penalties. In addition, the severity of the penalties can vary with the specifics of the individual case.

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The laws of each state determine what constitutes a felony theft as opposed to a misdemeanor. The value of the stolen material, the circumstances of the crime, the items stolen and the suspect's criminal history are some factors that may affect the classification of a theft as a felony and the degree of felony. These factors also influence the severity of the sentence, notes Nolo.

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