Court Rules Change in Petty Theft Limit Is Retroactive, Turning Certain Grand Theft Convictions Into Petty Theft.

There is a general principle that when a law becomes tougher to increase punishment or criminalize behavior that was previously legal, the law can only be prospective, or apply into the future.  When the law decreases punishment or makes certain behavior legal that previously was illegal, it can apply to the past, or be retroactive.  This principle was recently applied to grand theft convictions from the past, insofar as they are now considered petty theft instead.  To read about this, click on the following link –