Theft by receiving is a misdemeanor if the property has a value that’s less than $500. However, theft by receiving is a felony if the value of the property is greater than $500 and you could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years or up to 20 years if the stolen property is an automobile. In addition to prison time, a felony conviction can cause you to lose your job or make it very difficult to find a new job. In addition, a felony conviction for theft by receiving in Georgia can result in the loss of your right to possess a firearm or to vote.
Properly defending yourself against such charges and consequences requires the representation of an attorney skilled in criminal defense.