Although I do not practice law in the State of Montana, here are my initial impressions. Regardless of the minimum and/or maximum penalties associated with any charge, the consequences ultimately imposed on defendant depends on a myriad of factors, including but not limited to whether the case is defensible, the strength of the state's evidence, and the defendant's prior history. In any event, if you currently have misdemeanor theft charges pending I suggest that you hire an attorney in the interest of obtaining the most favorable resolution possible. Good luck.
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