Nashville Theft Attorneys
Serving Mount Juliet, Franklin, Brentwood & the Surrounding Areas
May McKinney defends people who have been charged with theft crimes in Nashville and throughout the surrounding areas of Tennessee. When your freedom and reputation are on the line, our theft crime lawyers in Nashville, TN can work diligently to combat the charges against you, protect your rights, and keep you out of jail.
With nearly 80 years of combined legal experience, our Nashville attorneys have extensive knowledge of the law and criminal procedure, especially regarding search and seizure law. Search and seizure violations can play a critical role in any case involving missing property or money, and we can use any flaws in the prosecution's case to potentially get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
Tennessee Theft Laws
Theft is a term that can widely describe various crimes of stealing property without permission. Because the word theft has a broad legal meaning that encompasses various degrees of offenses, it is important to know the exact definitions and punishments for each type of theft in Tennessee.
Tennessee theft laws say it is illegal to take property without consent. But the laws go into great detail in terms of classification and penalties. Tennessee statutes classify theft crimes according to the value of the property in question. Here are the different levels of theft and their corresponding punishments.
Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Crimes in TN
The worth of the item allegedly stolen will determine whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime. Stealing property worth $500 or less is considered petty theft in Tennessee, which is a misdemeanor offense. However, taking property worth more than $500 is deemed to be grand theft, a felony offense.
Class A Misdemeanor
Theft is a Class A misdemeanor, or petty theft when the property is worth $500 or less. The maximum punishment includes a fine of $2,500 and incarceration for 11 months and 29 days.
Class E Felony
Theft becomes a felony when the property has a value between $500 and $1,000. The maximum punishment includes a fine of $3,000 and incarceration lasting between one year and six years.
Class D Felony
The next degree of theft occurs when the property is worth between $1,000 and $10,000. The maximum punishment includes a fine of $5,000 and incarceration lasting between two years and 12 years.
Class C Felony
Theft is a Class C felony if it involves property valued between $10,000 and $60.000. The maximum punishment includes a fine of $10,000 and incarceration lasting between three years and 15 years.
Class B Felony
The highest level of theft occurs with property valued at $60,000 or more. The maximum punishment includes a fine of $25,000 and incarceration lasting between eight years and 30 years.
Types of Theft Cases We Handle
Our Nashville theft crime lawyers defend clients accused of a wide range of theft offenses, including:
- Petty larceny
- Grand larceny
- Carjacking/auto theft
- Robbery/aggravated robbery
- Writing bad checks
- Financial fraud
- Identity theft
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
Representation for Theft Charges in Nashville, TN
It may help those who are facing theft charges to understand what they are up against. However, it is important to know that burglary and robbery are separate offenses under Tennessee law. Therefore, depending on the details of a case, the potential punishments may be different. It is also possible for owners of property to seek civil penalties for theft, especially in the case of shoplifting.
Just as with every other criminal offense, there are defenses to theft charges. If you have been arrested, speak with an experienced Nashville theft attorney as soon as possible.
We defend clients charged with misdemeanor and felony theft offenses throughout the state, and our holistic approach helps us address the root cause, work toward a more advantageous resolution, and fight tirelessly to help our clients face brighter futures.
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