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Taking property that does not belong to you is a crime in Tennessee, and one that may be punished harshly depending upon the value of property involved. If you have been charged with theft in Williamson County, your first call should be to a skilled Lawrenceburg criminal defense lawyer. At The Long Firm, LLC, we are prepared to provide you with the devoted attention your case deserves, and will work hard to protect your right to be found innocent until proven guilty.

Theft Laws in Tennessee

Like most states, Tennessee penalties for theft are based on the value of property involved. For example, if the amount of property involved in the theft is valued at $1,000 or less, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor. However, as soon as the value of the property tops $1,000, the crime becomes a felony. When the value of property involved in the theft crime is $250,000 or more, the crime is a Class A felony. A Class A felony is punishable by between 15 and 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Class A misdemeanor crimes, on the other hand, are punishable by less than one year incarceration or/and a fine of no more than $2,500.

Defenses to Theft Crimes

At The Long Firm, LLC, our goal is to provide you with qualified criminal defense services that result in the best possible case outcome. As such, we explore all possible defenses available to you. Some defenses to theft charges include lack of knowledge or intent of theft (i.e. you’re trying on a hat at a store, and accidentally walk out of the store still wearing it); claim of right of property (you were recovering property that you believe to be rightfully yours); entrapment; and proof of intent to return borrowed property.

If no defense is available to you to have charges against you dropped or to highlight your innocence, our lawyers can help you to reach a plea bargain with the prosecution to hopefully have your charges or sentencing reduced.

Why You Need a Williamson County Theft Charges Lawyer

You may assume that being charged with theft is no big deal, especially if the amount of property involved isn’t valued very highly. However, even a misdemeanor conviction can have a huge impact on your life. If you are convicted on a theft charge, you may face jail or prison time, large fines, and a mark against your criminal record that prevents you from getting a job or securing other opportunities in your life.

When you call a lawyer, you improve your chances or having your case resolved in the most favorable way possible, and you take action to protect your Constitutional rights. Our lawyers are passionate about what we do, and will work hard for you.

To schedule a free consultation with our Lawrenceburg criminal defense lawyers, please call us today or send us a message to request an appointment. We can travel to your location to discuss your case.