Knoxville Tennesse Auto Theft Attorneys

Theft of a Vehicle

Once you've been convicted of auto theft in Tennessee there is no going back. Your record will be permanently tarnished, making everything from securing employment to finding housing extraordinarily difficult – to say nothing of the jail time you will likely face. To avoid the serious implications that come with being accused of stealing a car, contact Baker Associates today and let us start building your defense immediately. No matter how solid the prosecutions' case may seem, every case is as unique as the people involved, which means there is a defense available for you.

But time is of the essence. Every hour that your legal team is in the dark, the better the chances law enforcement will have at throwing the book at you. Don't give up hope and don't let your right to a fair trial slip away. The criminal defense attorneys of Baker Associates have the experience, know-how and dedication to give your case the kind of representation it demands.

Call our office today and set up a free consultation to review your case and weigh your options. The number is (866) 853-2888.

What Are The Punishments For Auto Theft In Tennessee?

Under Tennessee law, (T.C.A. § 39-14-103), car theft is graded depending on the value of the item stolen, with vehicles falling under the same guidelines. Depending on the price range, punishments can range in length and cost:

Vehicles $500 or Less

Cars in this class are considered a Class A misdemeanor with the potential for up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine no more than $2,500 or any combination of the two.

$500 - $1000 Vehicles

Cars under this category are a Class E Felony, which brings with it a mandatory sentence of to one to 6 years and a potential fine of up to $3,000.

$1000 - $10,000 Vehicles

Cars in this range fall into a Class D Felony, which equals jail time of up to two to 12 years and a $5,000 fine.

$10,000 - $60,000 Vehicles

Any vehicle stolen that falls within this amount is categorized under a Class C Felony, which carries a 3 to 15 year imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Vehicles $60,000 or More

Cars at this price range rank high on the scale and warrant a Class B Felony – eight to 30 years in prison, with fines potentially reaching $25,000.

Is Car-Jacking Considered Auto Theft?

While still technically considered theft, Tennessee state law weighs car-jacking under its own code (T.C.A. § 39-13-404). This, however, does not lessen the severity of the punishment or the crime. In fact, car-jacking is considered a Class B Felony, which brings with it a mandatory eight to 30 years of jail time and hefty fines.

What Are My Defense Options?

First and foremost, you will need proper counsel to defend you against these charges. Car theft is a serious crime in the eyes of the court and the prosecution will use every available resource to ensure you receive the maximum punishment allowed. So, don't waste a moment longer – contact Baker Associates today and let us help you build a sizeable defense.

Keep in mind - no matter how convincing the evidence, the burden of proof falls on the state. There are many potential ways to secure a positive outcome, but only if you act quickly. Call (866) 853-2888 today to set up an appointment with one of our skilled team members.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Sevierville Vehicle Theft Attorney Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a lawyer at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.

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