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Experienced Theft Crime Defense in Arizona
In the state of Arizona, petty theft crimes categorize low-level thefts in which the stolen property is valued at an amount under $1,000.
With the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC, you have the support of an experienced petty theft lawyer on your side. We are passionate about preserving your rights in the face of criminal charges and pride ourselves on readily available, bilingual service that is here when you need it most.
Punishment for Petty Theft in Arizona
Arizona law classifies petty theft as a class 1 misdemeanor theft. The consequences for this crime are up to six months in prison and/or a fine. Those found guilty of petty theft in Arizona may also be responsible for civil liabilities, in the form of paying the owner of the stolen property the value of what was stolen.
Class 6 Felony Definition of Theft Under $1,000
In most cases, the threshold for determining if a crime should be considered a class 1 misdemeanor petty theft in Arizona is if the stolen property is worth more or less than $1,000. There is an exception to this rule that disregards the monetary value of the stolen property and instead considers the nature of the crime and the type of items stolen.
A theft under $1,000 can be tried as a class 6 felony theft if:
- A firearm was stolen
- An animal was stolen to be used in a fight
- The stolen property was taken directly from the owner
Class 6 felony theft in Arizona is punishable by incarceration and/or up to a $150,000 fine. Again, an offender may face additional civil Punishment depending on the terms of their sentence.
Personalized Defense, Proven Results
Attorney Carlos A. Medina has dedicated his practice to the representation of those facing criminal charges. At the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC, justice is our priority, and a commitment to our clients is our practice.
Contact our Tucson criminal defense lawyer today for a free consultation. We offer around-the-clock communication, with service available in Spanish. Visit our website or call (520) 251-9561 to schedule an in-person appointment.
If I’m innocent, do I really need an attorney?A: Guilt or innocence aside, your future is in jeopardy in the face of criminal allegations. You need an attorney who can protect your rights to show the judge and jury that you are innocent. Legal processes must be followed, and attempts by the prosecuting attorney and law enforcement to secure a conviction must be effectively countered. Even if you are innocent, you need a professional to handle your case.
What is a plea agreement? Should I accept it?A: A plea agreement typically involves lesser charges or punishment offered in exchange for a plea of guilty or no contest. Do not accept a plea offer without first talking to your attorney. You need to be certain that this is in your best interests. In some cases, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to fight your charges and help you avoid a conviction altogether – which is far more advantageous than any plea agreement.
If I refuse to give a statement or answer a question, will I face criminal charges?A: As already mentioned, you have the right to remain silent. You can politely refuse to answer questions posed to you by a police officer, and you should not face criminal charges simply for exercising this right. Depending on the situation, however, you may still be arrested and taken into custody. Be sure to request to speak to your attorney, who may be able to challenge an unlawful arrest.
What are my rights if I'm arrested?A: If you’re arrested, you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you. These rights are essential, as anything you say or do after you are taken into custody may be used against you in court. Exercise your rights and protect your interests.
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.