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Defending Against Theft Crime Charges in Shelby County

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a theft crime, contact Francavilla Law Firm so that we can begin formulating a strong defense against your charges. The sooner you get in touch with us, the better, as valuable evidence tends to get lost over time. In addition, we can ensure that you do not say anything to law enforcement that could be used against you in court.

Non-violent acts of theft, or those which do not cause or threaten physical injury, are often referred to as white collar crimes, including fraud, embezzlement, and identity theft.

Have you been accused of a theft crime? Call Francavilla Law Firm today at (901) 979-9992 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Memphis theft case attorney Tim Francavilla.

Theft Charges in Tennessee

According to Tenn. Code. Ann. § 39-14-103, theft charges can result when a person knowingly obtains or exercises control over another person’s property without their permission, with the intent to deprive that owner of their property. In other words, an individual commits theft when he takes someone else’s property and does not intend to give it back.

Types of Theft Crimes

The term “theft” is used to describe a wide variety of offenses that involve taking another’s property without permission, including:

  • Petty larceny
  • Grand larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Bribery
  • Writing bad checks
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking/auto theft
  • Robbery/aggravated robbery
  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Identity theft
  • Counterfeiting
  • Financial fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Money laundering

Is Theft a Felony or a Misdemeanor in Tennessee?

Theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property stolen. If, during the commissioning of the crime, there was the presence of violence, the threat of violence, or the use of a weapon, theft can be classified as a violent crime.

Theft crime classifications and penalties include:

  • Class A misdemeanor – when the stolen property is worth $1,000 or less, it is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to 11 months and 29 days in jail
  • Class E felony – when the stolen property is worth between $1,000 to $2,500, it is punishable by a maximum fine of $3,000 and 1 to 6 years in prison
  • Class D felony – when the stolen property is worth between $2,500 to $10,000, it is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and 2 to 12 years in prison
  • Class C felony – when the stolen property is worth between $10,000 and $60,000, it is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 and 3 to 15 years in prison
  • Class B felony – when the stolen property is worth between $60,000 and $250,000, it is punishable by a maximum fine of $25,000 and 8 and 30 years in prison

Contact Our Theft Crime Attorney in Memphis Today

Memphis theft defense attorney Tim Francavilla at Francavilla Law Firm can carefully investigate your case to determine how to build the most effective defense plan. Whether you wish to negotiate a plea bargain or want to fight your charges at trial, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Contact Francavilla Law Firm today to get started on your defense with our Memphis theft case lawyer.

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