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Theft is a charge taken very seriously by the state of Arizona that can have long-term effects, particularly on your employment and professional licenses Depending on the value of the items involved, the theft can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
It is very easy for a theft to quickly become a felony. If someone stole electronics or other property worth just $1,000 or more, the theft is no longer a misdemeanor - it is a felony.
For a first-time offender or a juvenile, this elevation in charges can have a drastic effect.
A person commits theft when that person knowingly:
Controls the property of another with the intent to deprive them of the property,
Converts services or property of another, when the service or property is entrusted to the defendant for only a limited term of use,
Obtains property or services from another by misrepresentation,
Comes into control of lost property under circumstances that provide a way to discovery the identity of the true owner, and the person does not make a reasonable effort to notify the true owner,
Controls the property belonging to someone else knowing that the property was stolen, or
Obtains paid services without paying for them.
The amount of a fine and any prison time depend on the charges.
Value Classification Sentence
$25,000+ Class 2 felony Up to 12.5 years prison
$4,000 - $24,999 Class 3 felony Up to 8.75 years prison
$3,000 - $3,999 Class 4 felony Up to 3.75 years prison
$2,000 - $2,999 Class 5 felony Up to 2.5 years prison
$1,000 - $1,999 Class 6 felony Up to 2 years prison
Less than $1,000 Class 1 misdemeanor Up to 6 months jail
What To Do
By contacting Leavell & Rivera, PLC early in any theft, burglary or robber charge, we can help handle all law enforcement requests and work with prosecutors prior to charges being followed.
What your attorney will do
We have found the charges of theft can be the results false accusations or simple misunderstandings. An experienced attorney can greatly help your odds of a favorable resolution to your charges, including a dismissal because of weak evidence or a rights violations. Other potential reduced punishments could include community service, probation, fines and fees.
Leavell and Rivera, PLC is a full-service law firm experienced in numerous areas of law. Our attorneys provide Arizona families and businesses with quality and affordable legal services. Call for a Free 30 Minute Consultation.
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