Is Theft a Felony or Misdemeanor in Louisiana?

Answer: it can be both. The law changes frequently regarding this issue. In fact, the law changed on August 1, 2014. See the new penalties below. 

Felony Theft

value of the alleged stolen item(s)            Penalty

$25,000 or more                                           5-20 years in prison

$5000 - less than $25,000                          0-10

$750 - less than $5000                                0-5

Misdemeanor Theft

less than $750                                               0-6 months 

La R.S. 14:67 (in part)

(1) Whoever commits the crime of theft when the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of twenty-five thousand dollars or more shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than five years nor more than twenty years, or may be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both.

(2) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of five thousand dollars or more, but less than twenty-five thousand five dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.

(3) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of seven hundred fifty dollars or more, but less than a value of five thousand dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or may be fined not more than three thousand dollars, or both.

(4) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to less than a value of seven hundred fifty dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned for not more than six months, or may be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both. If the offender in such cases has been convicted of theft two or more times previously, upon any subsequent conviction he shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years, or may be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or both.

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