New River Theft Lawyer
Theft can be a difficult charge to effectively fight back against, primarily because of how different one theft case can be from another. Technically, Arizona state law defines seven different ways theft can occur, and six different degrees that ensuing criminal charges may fall under. The range of penalties that may apply to each degree can vary based on the presence or absence of specific factors, as well as the discretion of the court.
Contesting theft charges is not something you should try to do without representation from a qualified defense attorney who knows how to handle cases like yours. With a capable New River theft lawyer by your side, you could have a much better understanding of the relevant laws in your case. At Grand Canyon Law Group, we are prepared to fight for your future and mitigate the consequences you face.
What is Theft Under State Law?
According to Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1802, any of the following actions may constitute unlawful theft:
- Controlling someone else’s property with the intent to deprive that person of the property’s use or benefit
- Obtaining property or services through misrepresentation or fraud
- Controlling or using someone else’s property for longer than the authorized period it was entrusted to the defendant for or otherwise converting it without authorization for personal use
- Controlling someone else’s property with knowledge that property was stolen
- Controlling lost or misdelivered property when it would be reasonably possible to find the lawful owner
- Obtaining paid services knowingly without paying
- Knowingly and intentionally taking control of a vulnerable adult’s property while acting in confidence or trust, with the intent to deprive them of the property’s use or benefit
In any of these scenarios, our seasoned attorneys could provide vital assistance with contesting theft charges in New River.
Misdemeanor Versus Felony Theft in New River
Rather than the specific actions involved, the severity of a theft offense depends on the financial value of money, goods, and/or services allegedly stolen or misappropriated. This determines the criminal classification and potential consequences. Any theft involving less than $1,000 is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum $2,000 fine and up to six months’ jail time.
Theft of more than $1,000 may be anywhere from a class 6 felony to a class 2 felony based on the following criteria:
- Class 6 felony – between $1,000 and $2,000
- Class 5 felony – between $2,000 and $3,000
- Class 4 felony – between $3,000 and $4,000
- Class 3 felony – between $4,000 and $24,999
- Class 2 felony – over $25,000
This means sentencing ranges for felony theft convictions may be anywhere from six to 18 months’ imprisonment for a class 6 offense. This increases to between four and 10 years for a class 2 felony. If certain mitigating or aggravating circumstances are present, these ranges may expand even further—to between four and 24 months for a class 6 charge, for example, and to between three and 12.5 years for a class 2 felony charge. When the stakes are this high, guidance from a skilled theft lawyer at our firm is essential to understand the implications of a charge and challenge it effectively in court.
Contact a New River Theft Attorney for Support
Being accused of theft is always a serious matter, especially if you allegedly took more than $1,000 worth of someone else’s money, property, or paid services. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, having knowledgeable legal representation is key to securing the best possible case resolution and preserving your rights.
A conversation with a New River theft lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can provide the answers and clarity you need in this difficult time. Call today for an initial meeting.