Theft / Shoplifting2019-01-03T12:38:14+00:00

Theft and Shoplifting Attorney in Knoxville

Theft and shoplifting in Tennessee is the same offense. Most people accused of theft are being charged for stealing an item from a store. However, theft can be as minor as a class A misdemeanor and as serious as a class A felony. Even though the most minor theft is a misdemeanor, theft is considered a crime of dishonesty.

A conviction for theft can call your character for truthfulness into question, if you were ever a witness in a trial. A conviction can also effect your ability to get a job and show up on a background check.

What are the grades of theft?

Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-103 says:

A person commits theft of property if, with intent to deprive the owner of property, the person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the property without the owner’s effective consent.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-104 says:

A person commits theft of services who:

  1. Intentionally obtains services by deception, fraud, coercion, forgery, false statement, false pretense or any other means to avoid payment for the services;
  2. Having control over the disposition of services to others, knowingly diverts those services to the person’s own benefit or to the benefit of another not entitled thereto; or
  3. Knowingly absconds from establishments where compensation for services is ordinarily paid immediately upon the rendering of them, including, but not limited to, hotels, motels and restaurants, without payment or a bona fide offer to pay.

What are the grades of theft?

Class A misdemeanor (up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a $2500 in fines)

Class E felony (1-6 years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines)

Class D felony (2-12 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines)

Class C felony (3-15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines)

Class B felony (8-30 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines)

Class A felony (15-60 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines)

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If you would like to discuss your Knox, Blount, Sevier, Roane, Loudon, Jefferson, or Anderson County theft case, contact our theft lawyer. Call (865) 770-3470.

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