Theft may seem like a petty crime to most and, in some cases, they are. How severe the punishment is depends upon what was stolen and how it was stolen. In Arizona, the law describes theft as using property or services without authorization, having the intent of depriving someone from having possession of their property, material misrepresentation, property that is improperly delivered or lost, selling property below market value to another party, and selling merchandise outside of the course of business. We represent persons throughout Arizona including Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.
The penalties are dependent upon the dollar amount of the property or service that was allegedly stolen. Here are factors that determine how a theft crime is classified:
- A value of $25,000 or more is a Class 2 Felony
- Between $4,000 and $25,000 is a Class 3 Felony
- $3,000 to $4,000 is a Class 4 Felony
- $2,000 to $3,000 is a Class 5 Felony
- $1,000 to $3,000 is a Class 6 Felony
- Less than $1,000 is a Class 1 Misdemeanor unless the stolen item was taken directly off of another’s person or is an animal taken for the purpose of animal fighting. These crimes are considered Class 6 Felonies.
- An amount over $100,000 results in very severe penalties. While the others may warrant probation, suspended sentences, pardon, or release, that is not the case with a theft of this magnitude. The only leniency that may be granted is credit for time served.
If convicted of felony theft, the defendant may be sentenced to prison or jail and will be subject to supervised probation.
White Collar Theft
White collar theft occurs within businesses and can be committed by anyone at any level. However, we tend to hear of such crimes being committed by upper management, such as using fraudulent practices for financial gain. Nevertheless, anyone in society can use fraud to gain financially. Anyone can also resort to forgery, extortion, tax evasion and money laundering. It is also possible for anyone to be falsely accused of these crimes.
Your attorney helps you determine the best course of action in your case. There are even times in which charges can be addressed outside of the courtroom, which is better for the defendant’s privacy and can help reach the desired outcome without a trial.
Phoenix Theft Attorney
If you or a family member has been charged with theft, it is imperative to seek legal protection to ensure the case ends the way that it should. Measures will be taken to resolve the case in the most peaceful way possible. However, you can count on your attorney to provide you with the best representation if your case goes to trial. Contact us today at 602-926-7373 or complete the contact form on this page for your free case evaluation.
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