Being accused of stealing can be can be an embarrassing ordeal. Depending on the value of the alleged loss, a theft charge can range anywhere from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a First-degree felony. The penalties can range anywhere from a simple fine to time in prison. The consequences of pleading guilty to a theft charge follow you for the rest of your life. Theft is a “crime of moral turpitude” and many potential employers, universities, and other agencies will require you to list it on an application.
When you are facing charges of this nature, having a skilled Chandler theft crimes lawyer can make all the difference. Call Villanueva Skura Attorneys at Law today at to learn more about your case at your free consultation.
Aggressive Defense Strategies
The State of Arizona aggressively prosecutes theft cases. You need a competent theft defense attorney on your side that can review the evidence and fight to keep a theft conviction off your record. In many situations, there can be a resolution that does not end with a conviction on your record. There may be diversion programs available that can avoid a conviction on your record. If there was a complaining witness, many times the Prosecutor’s Office is more concerned with securing restitution rather than the actual conviction on your record. There are many more options available than just pleading guilty to theft.
If you are in a large chain retail store, such as Wal-Mart or Target, store security will detain you and question you before calling the police. While a shoplifting charge may seem minor, a theft conviction of any type can follow you for the rest of your life. It will show up on any routine background check and could ruin your chances at getting the job of your dreams. Whether you are accused of stealing a $60,000 car or a $2 candy bar, a theft charge must be taken very seriously.
Types of Theft Crimes
There are many different types of theft crimes. Generally, the State of Arizona will need to show two things before they can convict you of a theft crime: 1) that you had criminal intent, meaning you took the property with the intent to steal it, and 2) tha