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Defense for Theft Crimes in Tennessee

Whether you were falsely accused or made a mistake, being charged with theft in Tennessee is a serious matter. A conviction can result in harsh criminal penalties and a permanent mark on your criminal record, which can make it difficult to find work, apply for college, or otherwise live a normal life. In order to protect your rights and your future, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled cases similar to yours.

In the case of a theft crime, your legal representative helps you tell your story in a way that presents the whole picture, hoping to lessen your sentence and reduce your charges. My firm, Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, offers competent, compassionate legal representation from a Nashville criminal defense lawyer who takes your goals into consideration while building a formidable, strong defense for your case. Knowing and understanding your options are the first steps when moving forward in your case, and I make it a priority to keep you informed through the entire legal proceedings. Together, we can work to achieve a favorable outcome as quickly as possible, so that you can move forward with your life.

A variety of theft cases I have handled:

  • Identity theft
  • Armed robbery
  • Fraud
  • Credit card theft
  • Burglary
  • Auto theft
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Shoplifting
  • Receipt or possession of stolen property

Have you been accused of theft in Nashville? Contact Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC at (615) 274-4009 today to schedule your free consultation with our Nashville theft attorney!

    Tennessee Theft Laws

    Theft in Tennessee occurs when a person takes another individual’s property without their consent in order to permanently deprive the owner of that property. Theft also occurs when a person uses services without paying, obtains services through fraud or false pretenses, or uses services meant for someone else for their own benefit.

    Based on how much the property or services involved in the offense are worth, Tennessee classifies the following penalties for theft:

    • Class A misdemeanor theft – If the value of the stolen property or services is $1,000 or less, the theft offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by a maximum prison term of 11 months and 29 days and a fine of up to $2,500. However, individuals who are convicted of Class A misdemeanor theft often receive a suspended sentence, fine or restitution only, work release, or community service in lieu of incarceration.

    • Class E felony theft – If the value of the stolen property or services is less than $2,500, the theft offense is considered a Class E felony. Getting convicted carries a prison sentence of up to six years and a maximum fine of $3,000.

    • Class D felony theft – If the value of the stolen property or services ranges from $2,500 to less than $10,000, the theft offense is considered a Class D felony. A conviction is punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

    • Class C felony theft – If the value of the stolen property or services is between $10,000 and less than $60,000, the theft offense is considered a Class C felony. Getting convicted carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

    • Class B felony theft – If the value of the stolen property or services ranges from $60,000 to less than $250,000, the theft offense is considered a Class B felony. A conviction is punishable by imprisonment for up to 30 years and a maximum fine of $25,000.

    • Class A felony theft – If the value of the stolen property or services is $250,000 or more, the theft offense is considered a Class A felony. Getting convicted carries a prison term of up to 60 years and a fine not exceeding $50,000.

    Shoplifting Laws in Tennessee

    Another common form of theft is shoplifting, which occurs when a person deprives a store owner of their merchandise by concealing or removing the item, switching or altering the price tag, transferring the item from one container to another, using a device or tool to commit the offense, or disabling any security devices.

    Shoplifting is punishable by the same penalties for theft. Yet, if the value of the stolen merchandise is less than $500, the State may allow a store owner to sue an offender for damages in civil court, rather than pursue criminal conviction.

    Successful Nashville Theft Crimes Defense

    Knowing what you are going to say, what evidence you are going to present, and what options you are going to negotiate is essential to the success of your case. Every client has his or her own story, background, and goals for the outcome of his or her case. I work with you to develop a defense that resonates with your priorities and moves you closer to these goals. This gives me an overall picture of your particular situation, and is an opportunity for you to share with me your desired outcome for your case. Then, I can give you an honest evaluation of your options and help you decide your best course of action.


    Our Nashville theft lawyer offers a free initial case consultation to every client.


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