Theft is the act of taking the property of another person without their consent. The penalties that are associated with a conviction for theft can vary depending on the details surrounding the incident. If another felony was committed or a weapon was used in the commission of the crime, the penalties can increase substantially.
If you have been arrested for theft, it is important that you contact Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD as soon as possible so you can have a highly experienced Phoenix theft attorney working for you immediately. When you make the call, you will be able to tell your side of the story and explore your options. You can expect a heavy commitment to defending you against the charges.
If the amount of the property is over $1,000, this results in very severe penalties. If it is white collar theft, the penalties could result in very high expenses. The classification of the theft is what will determine the penalties. Theft is classified as follows:
- Class 2 Felony – The property was valued at $25,000 or more
- Class 3 Felony – The property was valued between $4,000 and $25,000
- Class 4 Felony – The property was valued between $3,000 and $4,000
- Class 5 Felony – The property was valued between $2,000 and $3,000
- Class 6 Felony – The property was valued between $1,000 and $3,000
- Class 1 Misdemeanor – The property is valued at less than $1,000 unless the item was stolen directly off of another individual or the property is an animal used for animal fighting. If that’s the case, then the charge is upgraded to a Class 6 Felony.
The sentencing is going to depend on a number of factors, such as the nature of the stolen property, the value of the property, the damage that occurred due to forced entry, whether or not a weapon was used, the type of weapon used, whether any people were injured or killed during the theft, prior criminal history, and the types of previous offenses.
The penalty, if convicted, could consist of jail or prison, property forfeiture, fines, restitution paid to the victim, and the consequences of having a criminal record. To defend yourself against all of this, you will need the assistance of a Phoenix theft attorney who knows the law and how to apply it to your case. Experts can also be used when necessary and witness statements will also be evaluated for evidence that the charges should be reduced, dismissed, or that you should be acquitted. The goal is to achieve the most positive outcome.
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Theft is a very serious crime, as it can also be tied to weapons offenses, assault, and other criminal acts. This is why you need a comprehensive defense to protect your rights and make sure you receive a fair trial regardless of innocence or guilt. To learn more about how Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD. Can help you, call 24/7 at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.