Under Georgia law, theft by deception occurs when a person takes the property of another through the use of deceptive and deceitful means with the intent of depriving the owner of the property. Therefore the prosecution must prove the intent to deprive the owner of the property and the intent to act deceptively in order to convict someone of theft by deception. Deception includes creating or confirming a false impression of present fact and promising to provide services of which there is no intent to provide, among other activities.
Like all other theft crimes under Georgia law, theft by deception is a misdemeanor when the property is valued at less than $500.00. When the property is valued at more than $500.00, a person may face between one (1) and ten (10) years imprisonment.
We strive to provide the best possible representation, so that you may receive fair and honest treatment in court. As with any criminal charge, it is important to discuss your theft by deception charge with an attorney to determine your legal options. If you would like to speak to one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding a theft by deception charge or any other criminal concern, please call our office at (770) 461-2025.