What Is Theft In Oklahoma?

What Is Theft In OklahomaOklahoma still uses many of the common law definitions of theft, such as larceny, false pretenses (fraud), shoplifting, and embezzlement. There are different technical definitions for each even though they all fall under the umbrella of theft. Receiving stolen property is also in the category of theft crimes.

The primary theft crime is larceny. It is defined in 21 O.S. § 1701 as the taking the personal property of another by stealth or fraud and with the intent to deprive another thereof. Larceny is divided into two degrees—Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny.

Petit Larceny

Petit Larceny occurs when the value of the property taken is equal to or less than $1,000 and the property was not taken from the person of another. The maximum punishment in the county jail is six months. The range of fine is $10–$500.

Grand Larceny

Grand Larceny occurs when the value of the property taken exceeds $1,000 or when the property, although worth less than $1,000, is taken from the person of another. Grand larceny is a felony. The maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is five years if the value of the property is $1,000 or more. If the value of the property is less than $1,000, it is punishable by incarceration in the county jail for up to one year or by incarceration in the county jail one or more nights or weekends. The maximum fine is $5,000. Restitution must be paid. Voters approved a change to this statute on November 8, 2017 by passing State Question 780. The change went into effect on July 1, 2017.

SOURCES: 21 O.S. § 1701, 21 O.S. § 1704, 21 O.S. § 1705, & 21 O.S. § 1706

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Current as of: November 20, 2017