If someone gets caught stealing from an abandoned house, what are the possible repercussions?

Asked on October 31, 2011 under Criminal Law, Indiana


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If a person has been arrested for stealing articles from a seemingly abandoned home, he or she can be charged with theft and trespass both criminal offenses. Depending upon the value of the items stolen, the charge for the theft can be a felony.

The potential end result if the person is convicted or pleads out to the offenses stated above could be jail time, restitution and payment of court costs as well as a significant fine. Additionally, the conviction would go on that person's record which could negatively impact the ability to go to school (college) or get a job.

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