Phoenix Theft Attorney

Theft crime is one of the most complex criminal offenses in Arizona’s laws.  The Arizona theft statute, contained in Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1802, criminalizes a wide variety of activities, and punishes them in various and different ways, which makes hiring a skilled Phoenix theft attorney imperative following a charge. According to Arizona crime statistics, a total of 1,659 people were arrested in 2018 for theft accusations, making theft crime one of the most common offenses in the state.

Arrested? Contact a Phoenix Theft Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you are charged with a theft crime, regardless of its classification, you need the services of an experienced, aggressive, and effective local theft attorney on your side. The consequences can be dire and you need someone to help you get the best possible result in your individual case.

Contact AZ Defenders by calling (480) 456-6400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Get the legal representation you need, our law offices will take your call 24/7.

  • Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience in jury trials.
  • We are skilled and aggressive in our approach to defend your legal rights and freedom.
  • We offer free consultations and theft case evaluation.

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This group is great to work with!  Very professional and organized as well as responsive to any questions.  Along the way, I was provided with some very good tips that saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Craig is a great attorney and was able to get me a reduced outcome on my case.  I highly recommend working with them for your needs.  I wouldn’t hesitate to call them again!

– Joe T.

Phoenix Theft Lawyer

What Are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Arizona?

The punishment for theft cases depends largely on the value of the property, with some exceptions.  If the property or services are valued at $25,000 or more, then the theft is a Class 2 Felony.

Class 2 Theft Felony Penalties

  • A Class 2 Felony carries a prison sentence of 3 years to 12.5 years, probation of up to 7 years, and a maximum fine of $150,000 plus surcharge.  Under some circumstances, if the value of the property is greater than $100,000, then probation is not available.
  • If the property or service is valued at $4,000 – $24,999.99, then the theft is a Class 3 Felony.

Class 3 Theft Felony Penalties

  • A Class 3 Felony carried a prison sentence of 2 years to 8.75 years, up to 5 years of probation, and a maximum fine of $150,000 plus surcharge.
  • If the property or service is valued at $3,000 – $3,999.99, then the theft is a Class 4 Felony.

Class 4 Theft Felony Penalties

  • A Class 4 Felony carries a prison sentence of 1 year to 3.75 years, up to 4 years of probation, and a maximum fine of $150,000 plus surcharges.
  • If the property or service is valued at $2,000 – $2,999.99, then the theft is a Class 5 Felony.

Class 5 Theft Felony Penalties

  • A Class 5 Felony carries a prison sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years, up to 3 years of probation, and a maximum fine of $150,000 plus surcharges.
  • If the property or service is valued at $1,000 – $1999.99, then the theft is a Class 6 Felony.

Class 6 Theft Felony Penalties

  • A Class 6 Felony carries a prison sentence of 4 months to 2 years, up to 3 years of probation, and a maximum fine of $150,000 plus surcharges.
  • If the property or service is valued at less than $1,000, then the theft is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, unless the property is taken from the person of another, is a firearm, or is an animal taken for the purpose of animal fighting, in which case it is a Class 6 Felony.

Class 1 Theft Misdemeanor Penalties

  • A Class 1 Misdemeanor carries a maximum jail term of 6 months, a maximum fine of $2,500, and probation for up to 3 years.
  • One exception to the value-punishment system is engines and transmissions.  The theft of any vehicle engine or transmission is a Class 4 Felony, regardless of value.
  • Criminal convictions in Arizona carry consequences far beyond prison, jail, fines, and probation.  If convicted of a felony, you lose civil rights, including the right to bear arms.  Regardless of offense, you will have a conviction on your record forever.

Charged with theft? Schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Phoenix theft attorney from AZ Defenders.

Types of Theft Charges & Offenses

There are ten ways to commit theft under the theft statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1802. Theft covers a broad scope of crimes, including identity theft, credit card fraud, burglary, and more.  To commit theft in Arizona, you knowingly, and without lawful authority:

  • Taking control of someone else’s property with the intent to steal it.
  • Convert for an unauthorized term or use services or property of another entrusted to you or placed in your possession for a limited, authorized term or use.
  • Obtain services or property of another by means of any material misrepresentation with the intent to deprive the other person of the property or services.
  • Come into control of lost, mislaid, or misdelivered property of another under circumstances providing means of inquiry as to the truth owner and appropriate the property to your own or another’s use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner.
  • Control stolen property of another knowing or having reason to know that the property was stolen.
  • Obtaining services known to you to be available only for compensation without paying or an agreement to pay the compensation or diverting another’s services to your own or another’s benefit without authority to do so.
  • Controlling the ferrous metal or nonferrous metal of another with the intent to deprive them of the metal.
  • Controlling the ferrous metal or nonferrous metal of another knowing or having reason to know that the metal was stolen.
  • Purchasing within the scope of the ordinary course of business the ferrous metal or nonferrous metal of another person knowing that the metal was stolen.
  • Taking control, title, use, or management of a vulnerable adult’s property while acting in a position of trust and confidence and with the intent to deprive the vulnerable adult of the property.

Free Consultation With a Theft Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

At AZ Defenders, our criminal defense attorneys have decades of combined experience. Our Phoenix theft lawyers have a track record of won cases and are known as one of the most aggressive criminal attorneys in the state. We serve clients all around the Phonenix area, Maricopa County, Prima County, and more. You can read more about our case results, here or give us a call to schedule your free theft crime case evaluation. No matter how severe your theft charges are, we will do our best to protect your legal rights.

 

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