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Arizona Theft- Theft in Arizona and the potential penalties

What are some of the different types of theft crimes in Arizona?

Theft can have a number of different definitions in Arizona. One example of theft is the controlling of property of another, without lawful authority, with the intent to deprive the other person of such property. Another example would be accepting property that you know has been stolen. Theft crimes can range from stealing from a store to taking a vehicle to embezzling money from a corporation or business.

Some of the different types of theft include:

  • Misdemeanor theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Felony theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Auto theft
  • Bad checks
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Larceny
  • Credit card theft
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement

Penalties for Theft Crimes in Arizona

  • If the value of the property taken is less than $1,000, you are likely to be charged with misdemeanor theft and will face a maximum punishment of 6 months in jail.
  • If the value of the property taken is between $1,000 and $2,000, the charges you are facing will be a class 6 Felony offense and is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.
  • When the value of the property taken is between $2,000 and $3,000, the charges you are facing are classified as a class 5 Felony offense and is punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison.
  • If the value is between $3,000 and $4,000, the charges you are facing are considered to be a class 4 Felony offense and is punishable by up to 3.75 years in prison.
  • When the value of the item taken is between $4,000 and $25,000, the charges you will be facing are considered to be a class 3 felony offense and has a maximum punishment of 8.75 years in prison.
  • The most serious classification for theft is a class 2 felony offense and is punishable by a maximum of 12.5 years in prison. A class 2 felony offense is when the theft has a value of greater than $25,000.
  • In addition, if you are convicted for a theft of greater than $100,000, you will not be eligible for probation and a prison term is mandatory

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Jon M. Martinez
Attorney at Law

Jon M. Martinez Criminal Law Group
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1400
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(480) 745-1572
[email protected]

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