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There are different types of theft recognized in Tennessee.

Theft of Property

Theft of property in the state of Tennessee includes removing property with the intent of exercising control and without the owner’s consent. Taking someone’s wallet, phone or car without their permission and with the intent to keep them are examples of property theft.

Theft of Services

Theft of services includes deception, fraud, coercion, or other means to avoid making payments for services. It also involves taking services for personal benefit or fleeing an establishment when compensation is meant to be paid immediately after receiving service.

Penalties and Classification of Tennessee Theft Law

After reviewing the value of property or service that was apparently taken, Tennessee will assign the offense to one of the following classifications:

  • Theft of $1,000 or less- Class A Misdemeanor – 11 months and 29 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
  • Theft of more than $1,000 but less than $2,500- Class E Felony – One to Six years in prison and a fine of upwards of $3,000.
  • Theft of $2,500 but less than $10,000- Class D Felony – Two to Twelve years and a fine of around $5,000.
  • Theft of $10,000 but less than $60,000- Class C Felony -Three to Fifteen years in prison plus a fine of around $10,000.
  • Theft of $60,000 but less than $250,000- Class B Felony – Eight to Thirty years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.
  • Theft of $250,000 or more- Class A Felony– Fifteen to Sixty years in prison and a fine up to $50,000.

Defense Against Theft

It is a defense to a charge of Theft if you:

  • Thought you were the owner of the property
  • Were under the impression you had the right to obtain or exercise control of the property.
  • Honestly believed that if the owner were present, they would’ve permitted you to exercise control over the property.

A Theft conviction is particularly harmful because it negatively impacts others perception of your honesty and integrity.  Having a Theft conviction could result in the loss of your job and/or impair your ability to obtain future employment. Getting a qualified and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer is essential if you are accused of theft.

The offices of John P. Webb will give you the help and guidance you need in the event you are charged with theft.

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