A charge of felony theft is a serious charge that can put a negative mark on your criminal record for life. This can keep you from getting the job you want or even getting a professional license. In the state of Tennessee, theft is classified as a felony if the amount of the theft exceeds a value of $500. This does not necessarily have to be a theft of cash, but can be for goods or services whose value exceeds $500. Felonies are classified in alphabetical groups from A to E, with a Class A felony being the most serious and a Class E felony the least serious. If the value of the theft was between $500 and $1000, the charge is a class E felony. This graduates upward to the Class B felony, which is the charge for theft with a value of $60,000 or more.
In Tennessee, the penalties for felony theft increase with the value of the theft. In other words, the more you steal, the higher the penalties. For a Class E felony that involves the theft of $500 to $1000, the penalty is imprisonment for at least one year up to six years and a fine of up to $3000. For a Class B felony that involves a value of over $60,000, the penalty is eight to thirty years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The penalties may also depend upon whether or not the perpetrator has a prior criminal record and whether or not violence was involved in the theft. An experienced Tennessee criminal lawyer can sometimes plead down the charge to a lesser one, lowering the penalty significantly.
If you have been charged with felony theft, call to schedule a consultation with a Tennessee criminal lawyer today. The experienced legal staff at the Integrity Law Firm, PLLC are familiar with the local judicial system and can help you negotiate for a lesser sentence. We serve the cities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, and surrounding Tennessee communities. You can view our web page at theintegritylaw.com or reach us by phone at 423-498-5001. Call us today and let us give you an effective representation that brings you the best outcome for your case.
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