Charged with a theft crime?
Have you been arrested for theft? If so, you may well be confused by the charges against you. Theft in Arizona is not a simple matter of a single offense encompassing all theft crimes. The range of offenses, the elements needed to prove a case against you, and the penalties associated with each of the charges, make it difficult at times to understand the specifics of each case.
It is important to hire an attorney who understands these charges, and who has experience in defending clients charged with theft crimes. At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we defend people who are facing theft and other criminal charges. We understand the law and the criminal justice system, and we are ready to put our skills to work for you.
What is Theft in Arizona?
There are many different types of theft crimes, each carrying different penalties. Theft can involve a credit card transaction. It can consist of stealing a vehicle. It can involve extortion, impersonation, government benefits, retailers or even identities. Generally, theft requires knowledge of the taking of property without permission. It’s not enough just to take the goods or services; you have to do so willfully.
The consequences of theft crime convictions range widely in severity, but they should all be taken seriously. Obtaining proper legal representation is a crucial part of achieving a favorable outcome, and Mr. Black has the experience and expertise you need if you’re facing theft charges.
David Black Answers Theft Related Questions
Here are just some of the many offenses that fall within the general heading of theft:
- Stealing property.
- Credit card theft.
- Converting property or services belonging to someone else.
- Obtaining property or services through misrepresentation.
- Appropriating lost property.
- Possession of stolen property.
- Diverting services.
- Automobile theft.
- Failure to return leased property.
- Issuing a bad check.
- Theft of a means of transportation.
- Misuse of a power of attorney.
- Unlawful possession, use or removal of a theft detection device.
- Alteration of a sales receipt.
- Theft of trade secrets.
In addition to the various categories of theft, many of these offenses are classified, for purposes of penalties, by the value of the property involved. Others are classified by either the nature of the theft, or by the property taken. Theft crimes range from misdemeanors to class 2 felonies.
Obviously, there is often more to theft cases than just stealing property. For example, prosecutors often charge defendants with related offenses such as trafficking stolen property. A person traffics in stolen property if he or she recklessly purchases or sells the property of another that has been stolen. This is trafficking in stolen property in the second degree, and is a Class 3 felony. If a person plans, provides financing for, manages or otherwise supervises or otherwise organizes the theft and trafficking, then that person is guilty of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree. This is a much more serious Class 2 felony, and carries a presumptive term of five years in prison.
Phoenix Theft Defense Attorney
As you can see, defending those accused of theft crimes can be a very complicated process, no matter how simple the initial theft itself may seem. And the severity of the potential penalty may surprise you. It is therefore essential that you retain the services of an experienced criminal lawyer to defend you. If you have been charged with theft or related crime in Phoenix, Arizona, call us today at (480) 280-8028 for a free consultation.