What is Petty Theft? - Definition, Consequences & Law


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Petty theft is a type of crime that is defined by the:

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1. Conviction for a petty theft can result in jail time:

2. Of the following actions, which is NOT a form of petty theft?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What would be considered a petty theft? How are these crimes punishable? These are examples of the types of information you would need to be familiar with when using this quiz and worksheet assessment tool.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will need to be able to do the following when you use this assessment:

  • Explain how petty theft is defined
  • Note when or how often a petty theft crime results in jail time
  • Identify forms of petty theft
  • State what a defendant convicted of multiple offenses would face

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what defines a petty theft
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the punishment to which a multiple petty offender would likely be subjected
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about forms of petty theft

Additional Learning

You can gain more information about this topic from the lesson titled What is Petty Theft? - Definition, Consequences & Law. This lesson offers a review of the following information:

  • What is true of all examples of petty theft
  • Examples of varying state laws regarding petty theft penalties
  • How first-time and repeat offenses differ in regards to criminal records