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Were you or a loved one charged for theft? The criminal defense lawyer at Salwin Law Group PLLC is here to help. With years of experience as a former prosecutor, I have the knowledge and resources to prepare an effective defense on your behalf.
Theft Offenses & Their Penalties
In Arizona, a theft crime involves the taking, stealing, or carrying away of another’s personal property. In general, if a person knowingly controls someone else’s property with the intent to deprive them of it, they can be charged with theft.
Theft can also result when someone obtains property or services by misrepresentation or acquires paid services without paying for them. If a person comes into control of another individual’s property and could reasonably discover the owner’s identity, they could be arrested for theft.
Common theft crimes include:
- Petty theft
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
The punishments for theft offenses vary depending on the value of the stolen goods and how those objects or services were obtained. For instance, if the value of the property was less than $1,000, the crime is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail. On the other hand, when the value of the goods is over $25,000, this is a Class 2 felony, which could result in a maximum jail sentence of 12.5 years. Property valued in between these two amounts can be charged as Class 3, 4, 5, or 6 felonies with varying durations of imprisonment.
Dealing with Fraud Charges? I Can Help
Fraud can be defined as the acquisition of money, goods, or services from an individual, business, or government entity through intentional deceit or misrepresentation of fact. There are various types of fraud, including tax fraud, insurance fraud, check fraud, and Ponzi schemes.
Often fraudulent offenses violate both state and federal laws, meaning that the crime can be charged at either the state or federal level. Regardless of which court handles your case, I am here to present your side of the story and aggressively defend you.
Protect Your Rights Today
As you face these tough charges, keep in mind that you are innocent until proven guilty. The Scottsdale theft crime lawyer at Salwin Law Group PLLC has your best interests in mind and is ready to fight for your freedom.
Get your free case review by calling (480) 702-1789 now.