Theft Crimes

Theft Crime Lawyer in Phoenix

What is a Theft Crime?

A theft crime involves the unauthorized taking, keeping, or use of another person’s property, with the intent to deprive the victim of the item permanently. Theft crimes range in severity, with more serious cases possibly resulting in fines of up to $150,000, prison time up to 12.5 years, and restitution payments. Any prior criminal convictions on an individual’s record could result in even harsher penalties.

There are different classifications for misdemeanor and felony theft crimes that result in different punishments. These include:

  • Petty theft – the theft of small amounts of money or property below $1,000.
  • Grand theft – the theft of large amounts of money or property exceeding $1,000.
  • Robbery – theft committed using weapons or other force.
  • Burglary – theft involving the unlawful entrance into another person’s property.
  • Embezzlement – theft of property that a person had access to, but not legal ownership of, for personal gain.
  • Receipt of stolen property – knowingly accepting property that was stolen.
  • Identity theft – Theft of another person’s personal information, including name, address, social security number, or credit card information.
  • Theft of intellectual property – theft through violation of patents, copyrights, or trademarks.

If you have been accused of a theft crime, it is imperative that you contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Anthony Knowles of Knowles Law Firm, PLC has over 20 years of experience in the Arizona criminal justice system. As a former police officer, he is familiar with the state and federal laws that pertain to your case and may be able to help reduce or eliminate your charges.

Theft Crime Penalties in Phoenix, Arizona

The penalties an individual will face if convicted of a theft crime will depend on the value of the property that was stolen. All theft crimes fall into one of two categories: petty theft, a misdemeanor crime involving the theft of less than $1,000 worth of money or property, or grand theft, a felony crime involving more than $1,000. A petty theft conviction will usually result in fines, community service, a mark on your permanent record, restitution to the victim, and a possible short-term jail sentence. Grand theft convictions carry much more serious penalties, including long-term prison sentences, hefty fines up to $150,000, hundreds of hours of community service, restitution to the victim, and a mark on your permanent record.

How Can a Phoenix Defense Lawyer Help Me?

It is extremely important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you are facing theft crime charges. Attorney Knowles is well-versed in criminal law and knows the specific defenses that can be applied to theft crime cases. For example, if intent to commit the crime cannot be proven, your case cannot be successfully prosecuted. In other cases where it may not be possible to altogether avoid a conviction, it may still be possible to reduce the charge to a less serious offense.

Call Knowles Law Firm, PLC Today!

The team of trial lawyers at Knowles Law Firm, PLC have decades of combined experience providing clients with top-notch criminal defense services. As former law enforcement and prosecutors, our team has unique insight into how the “other side” thinks, and we use this insight to our clients’ advantage. During this difficult time in your life, it is comforting to know that you can receive the support you need from one of Phoenix’s most trusted firms.

For more information on how we may be able to help, please do not hesitate to contacta Phoenix theft crime attorney from our firm as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.

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