What is the Punishment for Theft in Arizona?

What is the Punishment for Theft in Arizona?

Most Theft crimes in Arizona are charged as felonies. Felony theft charge convictions can result in severe penalties, including prison or jail time, hefty fines, mandatory restitution, and other punishments the court deems necessary.

If you are facing felony charges, it is critical that you contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney immediately. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have legal defenses available to you that will help you avoid a conviction. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced to lesser charges. Call our firm today (480) 219-1366 to hire a former federal prosecutor to be your fierce advocate.

What is “Theft” in Arizona?

Under Arizona’s criminal law statute, a person commits theft if the person knowingly:

  • “Controls property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property[.]”R.S. §13-1802(A)(1).
  • Or, “the person knowingly takes control, title, use or management of a vulnerable adult’s property while acting in a position of trust and confidence and with the intent to deprive the vulnerable adult of the property.” R.S. §13-1802(B).

The law requires that a person both “knowingly” and with “intent” commit the crime of theft. In the absence of either of these two conditions, the crime of theft cannot occur. To secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove that you knowingly and intentionally committed theft. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a strong defense may be built based on weak evidence that fails to prove either of these elements.

What is the Punishment for Theft in Arizona?

In Arizona’s criminal law statue, theft is punished according to the classification of the felony. The felony classification is determined based on the value of the money or property stolen. A.R.S. §13-1802(G).

  • Less than $1,000 in value: Class 1 misdemeanor, penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to six months in jail, or both.
  • $1,000 or more, but less than $2,500 in value, theft  of a firearm, or theft of an animal taken for the purpose of animal fighting: Class 6 felony, penalties include up to one year in jail.
  • $2,000 or more, but less than $3,000 in value: Class 5 felony, penalties include up to one-and-a -half years in jail.
  • $3,000 or more, but less than $4,000 in value;theft of a vehicle engine or transmission, regardless of value: Class 4 felony, penalties include up to two-and-a-half years in jail.
  • $4,000 or more, but less than $25,000 in value: Class 3 felony, penalties include up to three and a half years in jail.
  • $25,000 in value or more: Class 2 felony, penalties include up to five years in jail.

Charges of theft in Arizona are serious. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with theft in Arizona, you need an experienced White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney by your side. Depending on the prosecution’s case against you, you may have a number of defenses available to you. For instance, you may have believed that the money rightfully belonged to you, or maybe you accidentally misused funds due to miscommunication. When you hire us, we will thoroughly investigate the evidence and we may be able to dismantle the case against you, or to get criminal charges dropped to lesser charges.

Ashley D. Adams is a former fraud prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She understands how prosecutors operate and has insider experiences to use in your defense. Contact Ashley D. Adams, PLC or call now (480) 219-1366 to schedule a case evaluation.

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