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Theft of Livestock

In Washington State, there are two divisions of the “Theft of Livestock” crime. Both are felonies; First Degree is a Class B Felony while Second Degree is a Class C Felony.
First Degree (RCW 9A.56.080) is as follows: "Every person who, with intent to sell or exchange and to deprive or defraud the lawful owner thereof, willfully takes, leads, or transports away, conceals, withholds, slaughters, or otherwise appropriates any horse, mule, cow, heifer, bull, steer, swine, goat, or sheep is guilty of theft of livestock in the first degree."
Second Degree (RCW 9A.56.083) is: "A person who commits what would otherwise be theft of livestock in the first degree but without intent to sell or exchange, and for the person's own use only, is guilty of theft of livestock in the second degree."
So basically, the difference between the two degrees is what the defendant intends to do with the livestock after the theft.
If you, or someone you care about, has been charged (or may be) with Theft of Livestock in King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, or Whatcom County, call Ashbach Law Offices, LLC today at (360) 659-4950 for a free, no-pressure case evaluation.
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