Criminal law is always evolving because as circumstances change the legislature is passing laws to keep up with the changes. And it seems like the changes are all felonies. Any fraudulent use of a credit card or gift card is a felony. The criminal theft threshold hasn’t changed for 30 years so it doesn’t take much to commit felony theft these days. Felonies don’t always result in jail time, but their impact on your criminal record can have lifetime consequences on employment and income. Governments know that which is why some cities have a “Don’t check the Box” requirement. If you have criminal charges you would do well to consult an attorney because there are lesser offenses that can be discussed and possibly negotiated. An attorney can also inform you of collateral consequences that may exist. Such as a civil penalty for retail theft. A lot of attorney’s offer free consultations. Myself included. I encourage you to take advantage of our years of experience.