Theft crimes include a wide number of criminal offenses which each come with unique punishment ranges under Arizona law. Many theft crimes are only minimal misdemeanor offenses, but this does not mean you should ignore the repercussions of the offenses. Contact an experienced Phoenix theft attorney if you have been arrested on suspicion of a theft offense.
Arizona classifies theft offenses on the basis of the property value as either petit theft or grand theft. Petit theft includes theft of property valued at $1,000 or less and is a misdemeanor offense. Grand theft is a felony offense which includes theft of property valued at $1,000 or greater. While felony punishments are clearly more severe than misdemeanors, misdemeanors can also lead to jail time in addition to heightened fines. Multiple misdemeanor convictions can also lead to felony convictions, which is why it is so important to fight any arrest, regardless of how small. Felony convictions can lead to any of the following: long-term prison sentences, high fines, and a permanent felony conviction on your record that can damage your ability to seek employment or gain custody of your children.
Theft offenses can include a wide array of additional offenses that occur in any situation. An experienced criminal defense attorney in Phoenix can assist you in formulating a defense strategy to accurately present your case in court. An arrest for a theft charge can range in terms of punishment from misdemeanor to felony and can involve outside circumstances that heighten the charge. Several theft offenses can occur if you were not aware the item in your possession was forged or stolen.
If you have a prior felony conviction in Arizona, you may face a felony charge even for a small offense due to the prior conviction. Arizona has steep laws set in place to curb instances of theft and often attempt to prosecute to the utmost extent of the law. This is why hiring a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix is so important.
If you have been arrested on theft charges, you must speak to an experienced Phoenix theft attorney as soon as possible. Theft charges can quickly become heightened to felony charges given outside circumstances, and you do not want to let you one chance at fighting a conviction slip away. Craig Orent of the Orent Law Offices has over 25 years of experience in criminal defense. Contact our Phoenix law offices today for your initial free consultation.