Providing A Knowledgeable, Aggressive Defense Strategy
Theft is a serious charge in Arizona and encompasses a wide array of potential conduct or allegations. In addition, some theft charges require a mandatory prison sentence, without the possibility of probation.
Understanding Theft Charges In Arizona
Under Arizona law, theft is defined as any of the following if done “knowingly” or with sufficient knowledge:
- Controlling the property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property
- Converting for an unauthorized term or use services or property of another entrusted to the defendant or placed in the defendant’s possession for a limited, authorized term or use
- Obtaining services or property of another by means of any material misrepresentation with intent to deprive the other person of such property or services
- Coming into control of lost, mislaid or misdelivered property of another under circumstances providing means of inquiry as to the true owner and appropriating such property to the person’s own or another’s use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner
- Controlling property of another, knowing or having reason to know that the property was stolen
- Obtaining services known to the defendant to be available only for compensation without paying or an agreement to pay the compensation, or diverting another’s services to the person’s own or another’s benefit without authority to do so
Theft Classification Is Dependent On The Value Of Goods
Whether theft is a misdemeanor or felony and what level of felony depends on the value of the items or services allegedly stolen or obtained.
Depending on the circumstances, jail time and fines are accessed. If the value of the items or services allegedly stolen exceeds $100,000, individuals convicted are ineligible for probation.
For these reasons, if you face theft charges, you need an experienced Phoenix theft crimes attorney and criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights.
Determining A Strong Defense Strategy For You
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, we have nearly four decades of combined experience, with a considerable track record of success.
Our defense attorneys have successfully defended individuals charged with all types and ranges of theft crimes.
In many cases, we can prove that the property allegedly stolen was intended as a gift or the person had permission to use it. In other cases, we can ascertain that the state’s evidence or witness cannot establish beyond a reasonable doubt the identity of the defendant. Police may also have violated your constitutional rights in various ways. If so, it may result in the suppression of evidence obtained in an illegal search or the suppression of statements or confessions.
Consult With Our Knowledgeable Attorneys
Contact the Phoenix criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your defense. We offer payment plans and accept credit card payments.