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Murfreesboro Theft Charge Defense Attorney

Implementing an effective defense strategy to minimize jail time and other consequences when facing theft charges

The crime of theft in Tennessee is defined as taking something without someone’s permission that belongs to him or her with the intent of depriving the owner of it. These types of charges can carry hefty penalties, so it is important to engage the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect the defendant’s interests. The Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of David L. Scott is prepared to defend individuals facing theft charges. We analyze every aspect of your case to determine possible defenses and reduce or eliminate the charges against you.

What are the classifications of theft in Tennessee?

Tennessee classifies theft offenses differently depending on the property’s value that was taken. Depending on the offense, theft may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. The different classifications include:

    ·         Class A misdemeanor theft – The value of the property stolen is $500 or less.

    ·         Class E felony theft – The value of the property stolen is between $501 and $999.

    ·         Class D felony theft – The value of the property is between $1,000 and $9,999.

    ·         Class C felony theft – The value of property is between $10,000 and $59,999.

    ·         Class B felony theft – The value of property is $60,000 or more.

What types of penalties are possible with a theft charge?

Being charged with theft in Tennessee is serious. The potential penalty that a person faces depends on the classification of the crime that they are being charged with. The potential punishments include:

These penalties are in addition to any other penalties that are imposed by a related conviction, such as minor in possession, distributing alcohol to other minors or soliciting alcohol.

    ·         Class A misdemeanor theft – Less than one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.

    ·         Class E felony theft – Between one year in jail and six years in jail and a fine up to $3,000.

    ·         Class D felony theft – Imprisonment between two years and 12 years and a fine up to $5,000.

    ·         Class C felony theft – Imprisonment between three years and 15 years and a fine up to $10,000.

    ·         Class B felony theft – imprisonment between eight years and 30 years and a fine up to $25,000.

Individuals who have an existing criminal history typically receive harsher punishments when they are sentences than first-time offenders, especially when they are considered career offenders.

As an alternative to the potential criminal penalties, individuals who are victimized through theft may pursue a civil penalty from the person who stole from them. This civil penalty is usually $100 or three times the amount of the merchandise, whichever is greater. This alternative is only available in situations in which the value of the property stolen is $500 or less.

Underage drinking and driving is serious, contact our experienced Murfreesboro DUI attorney for legal guidance

Being charged with a serious crime like theft necessitates hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Since 1996, Murfreesboro criminal attorney David L. Scott has fought to protect the rights of the accused. We diligently represent individuals facing serious criminal charges and work toward reaching a favorable outcome of your case whether through dismissal, plea bargain or an aggressive trial strategy. If you are facing theft charges, contact the Law Office of David L. Scott located in Murfreesboro by calling 615-896-7656, or contact us online.




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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

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Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Woodbury, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet and other communities in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Cannon County, Bedford County, Davidson County, Wilson County and Coffee County.


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