What would the usual sentence be for a first time offender charged with "Theft by Unlawful Taking"?
A friend stole something over $10,000 but less than $30,000; not a vehicle.
This is considered a felony in your state. The usual sentence doesn't exist because it depends on whether the person is a first time offender, whether the first time offender's lawyer can successfully plea bargain or seek an alternative conviction that goes away if the defendant stays away from trouble for a certain amount of time or completes a particular program. The value of the item stolen is not an essential element to the crime of theft by unlawful taking. In other words, it doesn't matter how much it cost or was worth, the fact the person took it is sufficient to constitute the crime. Therefore, the amount stolen is irrelevant. The value of the item taken is only relevant in determining the penalty itself. So, in your state, theft of something over $1,500.00 is considered a class III felony, which carries a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of 25 thousand dollars or both.