Sevierville Theft Crime Lawyer

Being charged with theft can turn your whole life upside down. Your name and photo may make it into the papers, and your coworkers, neighbors and friends may judge you long before you get the chance to fight the charges. If your charges result in a conviction, you could face a lengthy jail or prison sentence. Theft charges need to be fought head-on with the help of a Sevierville criminal defense attorney.

It is important that you do not take these charges lightly – regardless of whether they are charged as misdemeanors or felonies. The tenacious trial attorneys at Baker & Associates have extensive experience handling theft cases in Sevierville. We understand that it can be a daunting challenge to fight these types of criminal charges. We will work hard to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome. Please contact us at (865) 546-6000 for a no-cost consultation.

What is Theft?

Tennessee theft laws are divided into two categories: theft of property and theft of services. Under Tennessee Law, a person is guilty of 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." One is guilty of theft of services if he or she intentionally "obtains services by deception, fraud, coercion" or false pretenses.

Misdemeanors or Felonies

Under Tennessee Law, the severity of the charges and penalties you will face for theft is dependent on the value of the goods or services that were unlawfully obtained. An individual charged with theft in Sevierville could face:

Punishments for Theft in Sevierville

Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Class E felonies can result in a sentence between one and six years of incarceration and a fine of $3,000. A conviction for a Class D felony can result in imprisonment for two to 12 years and a fine of $5,000. Class C felonies can result in a sentence of up to 15 years and Class B felonies are punishable by a 30-year prison sentence.

Civil Penalties for Theft

In addition to criminal penalties, some individuals charged with theft in Sevierville face civil penalties as well. If the district attorney does not object, the victim of the theft may be able to seek a monetary, civil penalty from the offender. This is common in cases involving shoplifting.

How much the offender may have to pay depends on the condition of the stolen property. If the property is not recovered or is damaged, the offender may be held accountable for three times the damage to the merchandise plus the value of the item. If the merchandise is recovered and is still sellable, the offender may have to pay two times the retail price of the merchandise.

Building a Defense

Anyone facing theft charges would be well advised to consider fighting the charges before accepting a plea deal or pleading guilty. In some cases, it is possible to have evidence dismissed or charges reduced. A skilled Sevierville theft crime defense attorney will be needed to review the evidence against the defendant and how that evidence was detained. Ask for an attorney, refuse to answer any questions and consider all of your legal options to protect your future.

The knowledgeable Sevierville theft crime defense lawyers know that the stakes can be high in theft crime cases. Those convicted of theft may lose their jobs, driver's licenses or even professional licenses. Your job, career and future may be on the line. Please contact us at (865) 546-6000 to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights every step of the way.

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