Felony theft offenses generally depend on the value of goods a prosecutor alleges you took. As noted on the Wyoming Legislative May 2020 Fact Sheet, if the cost to replace or repair an item exceeds $1,000, a felony theft charge may apply.
If investigators cannot prove you planned to deprive an owner of his or her property or the goods are worth less than claimed, your case may not turn out as a prosecutor intended.
May charges remain pending while prosecutors determine intent?
When responding to a reported theft, the information presented may provide cause for an arrest. As reported by the Powell Tribune, however, a Wyoming man found the charges against him pending while investigators determined an intent for the purported theft.
The man admitted he took two giant haul truck tires worth over $55,000 while working for a coal mine’s tire department. A tire broker offered to buy them for $23,000 each, but the defendant canceled the deal when he discovered they would have gone back to the same mine they came from.
Why would a prosecutor drop a felony charge?
A prosecutor may drop a charge in exchange for a plea deal, according to a case reported by The Casper Star-Tribune. The prosecutor charged the defendant with burglarizing his former employer’s business and taking a set of tools. The business owner also reported that his former employee stole two cars from him. In exchange for pleading guilty to an unrelated felony offense, officials dropped the two felony theft charges related to the cars.
Each felony offense has its unique circumstances, and a prosecutor might pursue enhanced charges that may not coincide with the value of goods allegedly taken. A serious theft charge, however, may not lead to incarceration when countered with a strong defense.