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Theft of Property

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Theft of Property

If you have been charged with a theft related crime an experienced criminal defense attorney can help navigate the murky water that are our legal system. In Tennessee, the repercussions of a conviction for a theft crime can be serious and long-lasting, depending on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen.

You do not have to face the stresses of a potential criminal conviction alone. It is possible to have the charges against you dismissed or drastically reduced. Call us at 901-526-9494 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with a knowledgeable lawyer at The Chiozza Law Firm.

What Constitutes a Theft Crime in Tennessee?

Ultimately, theft is considered an offense against property in which one person takes something of value from another without permission. Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-101, theft includes the following types of offenses:

  • Shoplifting
  • Auto theft
  • Larceny
  • Identity theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Forgery

The Chiozza Law Firm has extensive experience in dealing with theft crimes and the necessary defense tactics and negotiations that are so important.

What are the Penalties of a Theft Conviction?

Theft is classified according to the monetary value of the property or service and can range from Class A misdemeanors to Class C felonies. Additional aggravating circumstances can elevate theft charges from a misdemeanor to a felony. For example, the following conditions may increase the severity of charges against you:

  • The accused individual's criminal history
  • The number of victims involved
  • The county where the crime occurred
  • The presence of violent criminal activity
  • Whether the accused was an accomplice to the crime

Typically, a theft crime is considered a misdemeanor if the value of the stolen goods or services is $500 or less and is punishable by maximum jail sentence of 11 months and 29 days and a maximum fine of $2,500. Theft of an amount more than $500 may be charged as a felony, which may carry significant fines and up to a 30 year prison sentence for the most serious charge.

A criminal conviction for Theft of Property of any type can drastically affect your present and future employment opportunities while also causing social and family problems.

While being charged with a criminal offense can leave you feeling helpless and confused, The Chiozza Law Firm has the experience, reputation and knowledge to help you thru this difficult time. Please call or email us for a free and confidential case evaluation at 901-526-9494.

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