Charges of theft, identity theft, robbery and burglary can have a lasting effect on your life. They can make it much more difficult to find a job, pursue higher education, or get approval for credit. For these reasons and more, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney to effectively challenge these charges.
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In Tennessee, theft involves knowingly taking someone else’s property without the owner’s consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the person of the property. Theft also involves obtaining services from someone through deception, fraud, forgery or other means in order to avoid paying for the services.
The specific classification of theft involves the value of the property or service. The theft of property or service worth less than $1000 is classified as an A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of 11 months and 29 days. A theft above $1000 is classified as felony theft. If it is a theft of a fireman, there is a mandatory 30 days jail sentence.
If it is a first-time offense, a person may qualify for “judicial diversion” which allows the charge to be expunged after successfully completing probation.
Robbery is a specific theft crime and involves taking someone’s property from their person by force or putting the person in fear. Aggravated robbery is accomplished when there is a deadly weapon displayed or used or the person suffers serious bodily injury. Especially aggravated robbery involves the use of a deadly weapon AND the person suffers serious bodily injury. Robbery is always charged as a felony in Tennessee.
A burglary is committed when a person wrongfully enters a building, other than a person’s home, with the intention to commit a felony, theft, or assault . An aggravated burglary involves committing a burglary of a person’s home. Especially aggravated burglary is committed when a person suffers serious bodily injury during a burglary of a home or building. All burglaries are classified as felonies in Tennessee.
There are many factors that can affect your theft crime charge. The details of your case are critical to your defense and an experienced attorney could help you get a theft charge reduced or even dismissed. My goal is to help you develop a strong defense designed to attack weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Rather than accepting a long jail sentence that you could face, you should take immediate action to discuss your case with me today at 615-205-8183.
Under the Tennessee Identity Theft Victims’ Rights Act of 2004, a person commits identity theft when personal information of another is used without their permission and with the intent to obtain credit, goods, or services in the name of such person.
Identity theft is a felony in Tennessee. Simply possessing another person’s ID card, checks, or credit card, can result in state prosecution and significant jail time. If you’ve been charged with identity theft, you should understand that there are many opportunities to develop a strong defense in your case. However, you need an experienced Tennessee identity theft defense lawyer to help you avoid potentially dire consequences of a conviction.
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