Theft Crime Attorneys in Sevierville, TN
Serving Clients in Knox, Jefferson & Sevier Counties
Theft is most simply defined as unlawfully taking another’s property, but there are many elements to a theft charge. It will be the prosecuting attorney’s responsibility to prove, beyond a doubt, that a person charged with theft has intentionally and knowingly obtained or exercised control over another’s property without the owner’s consent. Exercising your right to an attorney may be your only hope of avoiding a conviction and the serious penalties this may bring.
Serving clients across Knox County, Jefferson County, and Sevier County, Andrew Farmer Law provides experienced criminal defense counsel to people facing any type of theft charge. This includes cases involving petty theft or felony theft, as well as burglary and robbery and white collar theft crimes involving fraud or embezzlement. We’ve been fighting for the rights of our fellow Tennesseans since 2008.
Will I Go to Jail for Petty Theft?
In Tennessee, you can face several penalties, including jail time, even for petty theft which is the lowest level of theft. Petty theft is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by:
- 11 months and 29 days imprisonment
- Up to a $2,500 fine
- Or both
Penalties for Theft of Property in Tennessee
Theft can be committed in different ways, through fraud or deception, without the owner’s knowledge, or by force or violence. The specific circumstances surrounding a theft crime will influence the classification of the crime and the penalties that may be imposed upon conviction.
A standard theft charge is based on the value of property or goods. The following penalties may apply under Tennessee Code Ann. § 39-14-105:
- Theft of property/services valued at less than $1,000 is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
- Theft of property/services valued at $1,000 to less than $2,500 is a Class E felony, punishable by 1 - 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.
- Theft of property/services valued at $2,500 to less than $10,000 is a Class D felony, punishable by 2 - 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Theft of property/services valued at $10,000 to less than $60,000 is a Class C felony, punishable by 3 - 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Theft of property/services valued at $60,000 to less than $250,000 is a Class B felony, punishable by 8 - 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Theft of property/services valued at $250,000 or more is a Class A felony, punishable by 15 - 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Act Now & Contact a Sevierville Theft Defense Lawyer
Meticulous preparation and aggressive courtroom representation can turn even the most seemingly hopeless theft crime case around in a defendant’s favor. With our experience in state, federal, and juvenile proceedings, our Sevierville theft defense firm is confident that we can make a difference.
Our attorneys are known throughout the area as premier, reliable legal defense with a record of representation resulting in favorable decisions in favor of their clients.
Since our practice opened, we have offered a variety of legal solutions to clients in many areas. We are experienced, compassionate and aggressive for our clients. We treat every case with the same dedication and personalized care you deserve.
We believe in community participation, taking action for the people and contributing resources. Giving back to the communities and organizations we serve in Tennessee is one of the driving forces behind everything we do.
Andrew Farmer Law is a results-driven firm that focuses on providing favorable results for our clientele. Our practice ranges from complex criminal trials to bringing families together through the miracle of adoption. Inspired by our community, we put passion into everything we do.