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Defending Those Accused of Arizona Theft Crimes
Theft charges can arise from different situations, but not all are legitimate. Often, theft allegations may stem from false accusations or mistakes, but being charged with a theft crime is a serious matter which necessitates a strong defense.
At the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC, we help clients accused of a wide variety of theft crimes. Founding attorney Carlos A. Medina helps his clients navigate the criminal justice system and aggressively protects their constitutional legal rights, including those related to illegal search and seizure and Miranda issues.
The Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC handles represents all types of theft crime defendants, including the cases involving the following charges:
- Burglary: This crime involves unlawfully entering another’s home, business, or property with the intent to commit a theft or felony crime.
- Robbery, including aggravated robbery: This includes taking another’s property against their will with the use or threat of physical force. Robbery has an aggravating factor if an accomplice was involved.
- Shoplifting and petty theft: If you have knowingly stolen goods or merchandise for sale in a store, it can be a misdemeanor or felony crime.
Charged with a theft crime in Arizona? Contact our Tucson theft crimes attorney right away at (520) 251-9561 or book your free consultation online.
The Punishments for Theft Convictions in Arizona
Any person arrested for a theft crime in Tucson is innocent until proven guilty, and has inherent rights protected under the U.S. constitution.
A conviction for a theft crime, however, can change your life for years to come. Theft offenses are punishable by jail or prison sentences, fines, restitution, and a mark on your criminal record. Many convicted of theft also face civil punishment if the person from whom they stole property presses their own charges.
Sentences for theft crimes may also be increased or decreased depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, such as whether the offense involved the use of a weapon, if you have any previous criminal convictions, and the value of the suspected stolen property.
In general, the punishment for misdemeanor and theft crime convictions for first-time offenders in Arizona is as follows:
- Class 1 misdemeanor theft: The least serious theft offenses are punishable by a jail sentence up to 6 months and/or a fine. These involve thefts of property valued under $1,000.
- Class 6 felony theft: The value of stolen property is between $1,000 to $1,999. punishment include incarceration ranging from 6 to 18 months, and/or $750 or more in fines.
- Class 5 felony theft: Those convicted stole property valued between $2,000 to $2,999. punishment include incarceration between 9 months to 2 years and/or $750 or more in fines.
- Class 4 felony theft: This include grand theft auto or robbery where a vehicle engine of any value was stolen, or any property valued between $3,000 to $3,999. Those convicted face imprisonment for 18 months to 3 years and fines of $750 or more.
- Class 3 felony theft: This involves aggravated robbery, grand theft auto, or any property valued between $4,000 to $24,999. Punishments include imprisonment for 30 months to 7 years, and $750 or more in fines.
- Class 2 felony theft: The most egregious thefts are those involving stolen property exceeding $25,000 in value. Those convicted face imprisonment for 4 to 10 years, as well as hefty fines which could be in thousands.
Additionally, convicted felony theft offenders may be required to pay restitution, other fees, and pay a fine of up to $150,000.
How long do you go to jail for if you steal?
In Arizona, the length of jail time that you can be sentenced for theft depends on the value of the services or property that was stolen. Possible imprisonment sentences include:
- Theft valued between $1,000 and $2,000 – imprisonment for 4 months up to two years
- Theft valued between $2,000 and $3,000 – imprisonment for six months up to 2.5 years
- Theft valued between $3,000 and $4,000 – imprisonment for one year to 3.75 years
- Theft valued between $4,000 and $25,000 – imprisonment for two to 8.75 years
- Theft valued between $25,000 or more – imprisonment for three years up to 12.5 years
Contact a Skilled Theft Crimes Attorney in Tucson Today.
If you are facing a theft crime charge, go with a law firm ready to take your case to trial if need be. The Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC is based in Tucson and represents clients across Pima County and Arizona.
If you are facing theft charges, call (520) 251-9561 or contact the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC online to arrange your FREE case evaluation.
Do I have to consent to a search of my home or vehicle?A: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement cannot simply search you or your property or make an arrest without probable cause. You have the right to refuse a law enforcement officer’s request to search your car or your home, but if they have a warrant or believe they have probable cause, they may be able to conduct a search. If you believe your property was illegally searched, an attorney can assess the situation and determine whether this can be used to your advantage in challenging your arrest or charges.
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