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Statute Text

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Article - Criminal Law
§3–401.  
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Deprive” means to withhold property of another:
(1)   permanently;
(2)   for a period that results in the appropriation of a part of the property’s value;
(3)   with the purpose to restore it only on payment of a reward or other compensation; or
(4)   to dispose of the property or use or deal with the property in a manner that makes it unlikely that the owner will recover it.
(c)   “Obtain” means:
(1)   in relation to property, to bring about a transfer of interest in or possession of the property; and
(2)   in relation to a service, to secure the performance of the service.
(d)    (1)   “Property” means anything of value.
(2)   “Property” includes:
(i)   real estate;
(ii)   money;
(iii)   a commercial instrument;
(iv)   an admission or transportation ticket;
(v)   a written instrument representing or embodying rights concerning anything of value, or services, or anything otherwise of value to the owner;
(vi)   a thing growing on, affixed to, or found on land, or that is part of or affixed to any building;
(vii)   electricity, gas, and water;
(viii)   a bird, animal, or fish that ordinarily is kept in a state of confinement;
(ix)   food or drink;
(x)   a sample, culture, microorganism, or specimen;
(xi)   a record, recording, document, blueprint, drawing, map, or a whole or partial copy, description, photograph, prototype, or model of any of them;
(xii)   an article, material, device, substance, or a whole or partial copy, description, photograph, prototype, or model of any of them that represents evidence of, reflects, or records a secret:
1.   scientific, technical, merchandising, production, or management information; or
2.   designed process, procedure, formula, invention, trade secret, or improvement;
(xiii)   a financial instrument; and
(xiv)   information, electronically produced data, and a computer software or program in a form readable by machine or individual.
(e)   “Robbery” retains its judicially determined meaning except that:
(1)   robbery includes obtaining the service of another by force or threat of force; and
(2)   robbery requires proof of intent to withhold property of another:
(i)   permanently;
(ii)   for a period that results in the appropriation of a part of the property’s value;
(iii)   with the purpose to restore it only on payment of a reward or other compensation; or
(iv)   to dispose of the property or use or deal with the property in a manner that makes it unlikely that the owner will recover it.
(f)   “Service” includes:
(1)   labor or professional service;
(2)   telecommunication, public utility, toll facility, or transportation service;
(3)   lodging, entertainment, or restaurant service; and
(4)   the use of computers, data processing, or other equipment.