Since theft crimes come in many different forms, the penalties for theft charge convictions can vary depending on the type, amount and value of the stolen items. The method in which the items were taken and the criminal history of the defendant are also usually taken into account when a judge is contemplating possible penalties for a theft conviction in Arizona. Individuals can face charges for theft if they knowingly steal or control someone else’s personal property with the intent to permanently deny the victim of possession. In addition to the typical form of theft, in which one person simply takes another person’s property without proper consent, people can also face criminal theft charges for embezzlement and fraud.
Embezzlement can occur when an employee takes personal possession of money or property that was originally intended for their employer. Fraud on the other hand, can take place when someone tricks a victim into voluntarily handing over money or property.
As you can see, theft crimes are complex criminal cases that need to be assessed from a variety of different angles. Theft charges are not taken lightly in Arizona courts, as prosecutors and police offers within the criminal justice system will often set out to aggressively pursue convictions for theft crimes. The attorney you hire will ultimately be the difference maker in your case. Obtaining a lesser sentence or possible dismissal of your case should be the primary goal. If you have been accused of a theft crime in Phoenix’s east valley, feel free to give myself, criminal defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle a call. Our dedicated team includes a former Arizona prosecutor who has experience with theft crimes and white collar crimes. We can assess your case during a free confidential criminal consultation. You contact my office directly 24/7 at 480-818-9943.