Re: How is This Not a Felony (Over 1000$) and Why Isn't the Detective Replying to Me
You moved to Kansas ... what state is the suspect in?
Have you indicated whether you would be willing to go back to the previous state two or more times to attend court proceedings? This may play into the DA's decision. If he files felony charges, there is a greater chance of a contested trial which might require you to make some expensive journeys back to whatever state this occurred in. If he files misdemeanor charges it could be easier to extract a plea deal and thus resolve the case without an expensive trial.
You say he stole $1,255 worth of stuff ... how do you know the stuff was worth that amount? Were you able to prove he actually stole all of that stuff and that it was - and still is - worth that much?
As Souperdave alluded to, these matters involve the current market value of property, not what it cost when it was stolen. And, depending upon the laws of the unnamed state, the dollar amount could be a misdemeanor! In my state, for instance, theft of $900 or less is a misdemeanor ... though vandalism is a felony over $400 ... go figure. (When I was a young cop felony theft was over $400 but you could damage up to $5,000 worth of property and be charged only with a misdemeanor ... the laws can be odd.)
So, what state did this occur in? What was stolen and how was the value determined?
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