Jackson, TN Theft Attorney
Theft Charges in Tennessee
Theft crimes involve the taking of another’s personal property or money without their permission. The penalties associated with a theft charge are dependent upon factors such as the value of the stolen property or whether a firearm was present during the theft. If you have been accused of a theft crime, it is crucial that you have an aggressive Jackson, TN theft defense attorney in your corner.
At the Law Office of Marcus A. Lipham, our Jackson theft crimes lawyer has experience fighting for the rights and freedom of alleged criminals. Regardless of the exact charges against you, our professional legal team can work to help you avoid incarceration and significant fines.
Types of Theft Crimes in Tennessee
While all theft crimes are composed of the same essential elements—taking another’s property or services with intent to deprive them of it—there are several different types of theft that may affect the penalties one may face.
The different types of theft charges include:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Car theft
- Armed robbery
- Writing bad checks
- Receiving stolen property
No matter what type of theft you have been accused of, it is important to start building your legal defense right away. With your freedom at stake, it is a good idea to do so with a skilled Madison County theft attorney on your side. There are many possible defenses to theft charges, and our firm can help you choose the right legal strategy.
Petty Theft vs Grand Theft
According to Tennessee law, § 39-14-105, petty theft is defined as the theft of property, funds, or services valued at $500 or less. Grand theft involves the theft of money, property, or services valued at $500 or more. In general, petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor whereas grand theft is generally charged as a felony.
Possible Penalties for Theft Offenses
In Tennessee, theft crimes can either be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. The classification of the crime and the resulting punishment are primarily determined by the value of the property or services taken.
The classifications and penalties for theft crimes include:
- Class A misdemeanor ($500 or Less) – a maximum jail sentence of 11 months
- Class E felony ($500-$1,000) – 1 to 6 years imprisonment
- Class D felony ($1,000-$10,000) – 2 to 12 years imprisonment
- Class C felony ($10,000-$60,000) – 3 to 15 years imprisonment
- Class B felony ($60,000-$250,000) – 8 to 30 years imprisonment
Get the Legal Help You Need
If you have been arrested for a theft crime, do not wait to seek legal representation. Contact the Law Office of Marcus A. Lipham today to schedule your free consultation.
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