Franklin Theft Crimes Lawyer 

Aggressive Defense Against Theft Charges in Tennessee

When it comes to legal matters involving theft crimes in Franklin, Tennessee, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney by your side. At Julia E. Stovall Attorney at Law, our mission is to provide you with the best possible defense, ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment under the law.

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What is Theft?

Theft is a criminal offense that involves unlawfully taking someone else's property with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. In Tennessee, theft can encompass many actions, from shoplifting and embezzlement to burglary and carjacking. The severity of the offense and the potential penalties can vary depending on several factors, including the value of the stolen property and any aggravating circumstances.

There are various types of theft crimes recognized in Tennessee law, including:

There are various types of theft crimes recognized in Tennessee law, including:

  • Petty Theft: Petty theft involves stealing property worth less than $1,000. It is generally considered a misdemeanor offense.
  • Grand Theft: Grand theft involves stealing property worth $1,000. Depending on the value and circumstances, it can be charged as a felony, leading to more severe penalties.
  • Shoplifting: Shoplifting is a common form of theft when someone takes merchandise from a retail store without paying for it.
  • Burglary: Burglary involves unlawfully entering a building intending to commit theft or another crime. It can be charged as a felony and carries significant penalties.
  • Robbery: Robbery is a violent theft crime where the offender uses force or the threat of force to take property from another person.

What are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Tennessee?

The penalties for theft crimes in Tennessee can be substantial, and they vary depending on the specific offense, the value of the stolen property, and the defendant's criminal history. If you are convicted of a theft crime, you may face consequences such as:

  • Fines: You may be required to pay fines, which can vary based on the offense and the value of the stolen property.
  • Probation: Probation is a common sentencing option for theft convictions, during which you must adhere to specific conditions set by the court.
  • Jail or Prison Time: You could face incarceration for more serious theft offenses. The sentence's length depends on the crime's nature and your prior criminal record.
  • Restitution: In many cases, you may be ordered to repay the victim for the value of the stolen property or any damages incurred.
  • Criminal Record: A theft conviction can result in a permanent criminal record, which can have long-lasting consequences for your personal and professional life.
  • Loss of Civil Rights: Some theft convictions can result in the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to possess firearms. 
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Defenses Against Theft Charges

Being charged with a theft crime does not automatically mean a conviction is inevitable. At Julia E. Stovall Attorney at Law, we have successfully defended clients facing theft charges. Some potential defenses against theft charges include:

  • Lack of Intent: In many theft cases, the prosecution must prove your intention to permanently deprive someone of their property. If there was no intent, it could be a valid defense.
  • Mistaken Identity: If you were misidentified as the perpetrator or there is insufficient evidence linking you to the crime, we can argue for your innocence.
  • Duress: If you were forced or threatened into committing the theft, it may be possible to use duress as a defense.
  • Property Ownership: If you believed you had a legal right to the property you are accused of stealing, it could serve as a defense.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If your Fourth Amendment rights were violated during the arrest or investigation, evidence against you may be suppressed.
  • Evidence Handling Errors: We can challenge evidence's handling and chain of custody to doubt its authenticity. 

Contact Our Franklin Theft Crimes Attorney Today 

Facing theft charges in Franklin, Tennessee, can be a daunting experience, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Julia E. Stovall Attorney at Law, is here to provide you with expert legal representation and to fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact Julia E. Stovall Attorney at Law, today to schedule a consultation with our theft crimes lawyer in Franklin!

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