If you or a loved one face any type of criminal theft charge in the Glendale, AZ, area, contact the Stewart Law Group today to schedule a meeting with a Glendale theft attorney. Theft is the act of knowingly taking property from the rightful owner. Theft can affect businesses as well as private individuals, and the court system in Arizona pursues cases against theft charges very aggressively.
These are just the minimum and maximum penalties; other factors unique to a theft case such as aggravation could lead to increased penalties and secondary penalties. Additionally, actions in place for retail establishments victimized by theft allow them to pursue additional damages against a convicted thief.
The penalties for a theft conviction can be severe. A Glendale criminal defense lawyer from the Stewart Law Group can help an individual accused of theft in Glendale, AZ, clear his or her name or work toward lighter sentencing and alternative punishments to jail time depending on individual case factors. Contact our Glendale, AZ, office today to schedule a meeting with one of our criminal defense attorneys.
Although a minor theft charge may not seem like an issue that requires a defense attorney, it is important to realize that even seemingly minor theft charges can lead to long-term penalties that can impact a person’s life for years to come. A criminal defense attorney can potentially argue down the charges and secure lighter sentencing in some cases or prove mistaken identity or major procedural errors on the prosecution’s part.
The more expensive the stolen property in question, the more severe the penalties will be for a conviction. If there are any extenuating circumstances that establish the accused’s innocence, his or her criminal defense attorney will bring them to light and help secure reduced sentencing or acquittal. A private defense firm like the Stewart Law Group can provide a much higher degree of personalized representation than a public defender. Although most public defenders are great attorneys, they typically handle many cases at once and do not have the same amount of resources and professional connections as a private defense firm.
The state of Arizona penalizes theft convictions based on the value of the stolen property.