Arizona theft laws make it a crime to knowingly control someone else’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of said property. Other actions may constitute theft as well, such as controlling property that you know someone else stole. Contact our criminal defense lawyers in Scottsdale if you find yourself under arrest or facing charges for theft in Arizona. Theft crimes are serious and can result in life-changing criminal consequences. Our firm has the experience and compassion to assist you.
The first step in building your defense is to fully understand the law you allegedly broke or accused of breaking. Your options will vary based on the circumstances of the arrest and the type of charges the State is pressing against you. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1802 says that a person commits theft if he or she knowingly and without lawful authority does any of the following:
It is also theft if someone controls uses, manages, or titles the property of a vulnerable adult while in a position of trust and confidence with the intent to deprive the true owner of the property. A “vulnerable adult” can refer to anyone 18 years or older who cannot protect him/herself from neglect, abuse, or exploitation due to a physical or mental impairment. Breaking the state’s theft laws could result in serious penalties.
Your punishment for theft will depend upon the class of your crime. Arizona classifies different categories of theft based on the value of the stolen property, goods, or services. The classes are as follows:
Discuss your case with a criminal defense attorney at Hallam Law Group regardless of the type of charge or circumstances surrounding your theft arrest. First consultations are always with a lead attorney – not a legal assistant or paralegal. Consultations are also confidential and zero-obligation. We don’t charge any up-front fees for our services.
Talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your theft charge today. Call (602) 237-5373 or submit our online contact form. We proudly make ourselves available so you can speak to and communicate with an attorney anytime.