If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting or another theft crime, a qualified Phoenix theft attorney at Stone Rose Law can assist you. We are here to help you protect your legal rights and reach the best possible outcome on various types of theft offenses that you can be charged with, including:
Arizona theft crimes and their legal penalties will depend on the items stolen, the property’s value, and the criminal history of the person charged. Most of our clients are responsible people who face criminal charges for the first time and are very concerned about the impact the charges will have on their lives.
When you learn an Arizona theft crimes case has been filed against you, contact a Phoenix criminal lawyer at Stone Rose Law by calling (480) 498-8998. Every theft case is different. As your theft attorneys, we can help you understand your options.
Theft is an offense as old as humankind, and everyone implicitly understands what it is. Theft in Arizona is defined by A.R.S. § 13-1802(A) and (B). Subsection (A) states that a person commits theft if, without lawful authority, the person knowingly:
This is important because Arizona’s Courts have held that, while a defendant is entitled to a unanimous jury verdict on whether the criminal act charged has been committed, the defendant is not entitled to a unanimous verdict on the precise manner in which the act was committed. State v. Cotton, 228 Ariz. 105 (App. 2011). Thus, a defendant can be convicted of a single count of theft if the jury is unanimous that it occurred but disagrees about which subsection it occurred under. Learn more about what constitutes theft in Arizona by speaking with a knowledgeable Phoenix theft attorney.
Theft of property valued at under $1,000 is a class 1 misdemeanor unless the property is a firearm in which case it is a class 6 felony. Theft of property over $1,000 is always a felony, with the class of felony being dependent on the value of the property. The more the property is worth, the more serious the offense. Regardless of whether it is considered a misdemeanor or a felony, theft is a serious charge that can result in the loss of your good name, freedom, and money.
If you have been investigated for, arrested for, or charged with theft, you need an experienced theft attorney to protect your rights. Call Stone Rose Law now at (480) 546-5262 for a free consultation.