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Accused of Robbery, Burglary or Another Theft Crime? We Can Help.

Theft crimes involve depriving another person of his or her property without consent. They also include theft of services, such as fraud, deception, forgery, or any means of avoiding payment. Being accused of theft is a serious matter not only because of the criminal penalties you face but because of the future repercussions a conviction can bring. Future employers will likely turn you down in favor of other applicants if they believe you capable of dishonesty.

Bringing in a trusted attorney as soon as possible to help you fight back against your charges is critical. In Chattanooga, you can turn to Speek, Turner & Newkirk, PLLC for proven criminal defense. With our firm, you will have the benefit of several legal minds working together on your behalf, conducting exhaustive investigations, legal analyses, and handling all aspects of negotiation and trial. Our team is prepared to take on even the most challenging and complex cases.

If you have been accused of theft, call us at (423) 799-3030 or contact us online as soon as possible to speak with a Chattanooga theft crime defense attorney during a FREE consultation.

Penalties for Theft Crimes in Tennessee

Most states base theft crime classifications and penalties on the value of the goods or services stolen, and Tennessee is no exception. The lowest level of theft in the state is the theft of items valued at $500 or less, which is charged as a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines up to $2,500.

Beyond the above, theft crimes are charged as felonies. The lowest-level felony theft crime involves goods or services valued between $500 and $1,000. This is a Class E felony, punishable by one to six years of incarceration and/or fines up to $3,000.

A Class D felony theft crime is charged when goods or services are valued between $1,000 and $10,000. This charge is punishable by 2 to 12 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

A Class C felony theft occurs when the goods or services stolen carry a value of $10,000 up to $60,000. This is punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

A Class B felony theft is committed when goods or services stolen are worth more than $60,000. Penalties for this felony include 8 to 30 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

In cases of shoplifting, you may also be subject to a civil lawsuit by the retailer seeking damages.

Types of Theft Crimes

Theft crimes in Tennessee include:

  • Shoplifting or petty theft
  • Theft of property or services
  • Embezzlement
  • Robbery
  • Grand theft or grand theft auto
  • Credit card fraud
  • Receiving, concealing, or possessing stolen property

Additionally, these crimes are related to theft and can carry similar punishments:

  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Writing worthless checks

Collateral Penalties

Aside from the criminal and civil penalties that can come with a theft crime conviction, you will also have a permanent criminal record. A conviction can lead to the loss of professional licenses—such as realtors’, nurses’, pharmacists’, and pilots’ licenses—and bar you from obtaining such licenses in the future. Additionally, future landlords may be reluctant to approve your application for housing if they run a routine background check, which will reveal your criminal record.

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If you have been arrested for, charged with, or are even simply under investigation for any type of crime, you should immediately contact the Chattanooga theft crime defense lawyers at Speek, Turner & Newkirk PLLC. We can step in to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive proper and fair treatment by law enforcement and investigators. If you are charged with a theft crime, we know that thorough preparation is key; our goal is to out-prepare our opponents to ensure that you have the strongest possible defense.

Learn more about how we can defend you by contacting us at (423) 799-3030 today.

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