Theft is a serious crime, as it involves taking property from another person without them giving permission. While the crime may seem very small, it is one that can be met with an arrest and fines. For multiple offenses, an individual may serve time in jail.
If you have been accused of theft, you do not have to accept the charges. At Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD, you will work with a Mesa theft lawyer who will evaluate witness statements and research every detail of your case in order to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
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If the property value is less than $1,000 it is classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor unless the property is taken directly off of the person or it is an animal stolen for the purpose of animal fighting. This can elevate the charges to a Class 6 Felony.
If the amount is over $100,000, then the penalties are very severe. Financial fraud is an example of crimes that may involve this amount of money or millions.
The classifications of theft range from a Class 2 Felony to a Class 6 Felony and a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Which is charged depends on the value of the property. For instance, property with a value of $25,000 or more is a Class 2 felony. The remaining classifications are as follows:
- Class 3 Felony – The property value is between $4,000 and $25,000
- Class 4 Felony – The property value is between $3,000 and $4,000
- Class 5 Felony – The property value is between $2,000 and $3,000
- Class 6 Felony – The property value is between $1,000 and $3,000
If a person is convicted of theft, the penalties can vary. Even an individual who has been convicted of felony theft can be sentenced to prison, jail, or be subject to supervised probation for an extended period of time. Probation can consist of community service, fines, restitution, classes, and anything else that the judge feels is appropriate.
If the crime is one that involves a significant amount of money and fraud, then the result can be decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Everything regarding the sentence is dependent on the details, but it is the goal of your Mesa theft attorney to get the best possible result so you can move forward with your life.
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Although theft may not seem like a serious crime, it is one that results in penalties that can have a lasting effect on your life. You may find that theft will keep you from getting a job where you may have to deal with money or another valuable asset. To learn more about how Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD. Can help you combat the charges, call 24/7 at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.