Tennessee Theft Crimes Defense Lawyer

Charged with a theft-related crime?

Theft of property is defined in Tennessee as knowingly obtaining or exercising control over property without the owner’s effective consent with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.  Being convicted of a theft offense can have devastating consequences, particularly on and individual’s work life.  This is because many employers or potential employers will not hire someone who has a theft conviction on their record.  This, of course, is in addition to any legal penalties, which include possibly lengthy jail time and steep fines.   

Have you been arrested and charged with shop lifting?  Contact a firm who will fight for you.

One common theft offense is the crime of shoplifting.  While everybody knows that shoplifting is illegal, not everyone is aware of how severe the penalties for this offense really are.  For instance, shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $500, the lowest category of shoplifting charges, will result in a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.  As the value of the merchandise increases, so do the penalties, such that if the value of the merchandise shoplifted exceeds $500, the charge becomes a felony.  

Hire a Tennessee criminal defense lawyer with over 40 years of trial experience…

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft or shoplifting, it is critical that you obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney immediately.  The attorneys at The Law Office of James A.H. Bell, P.C. have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to defend your case fight for your interests.  Our attorneys have been successfully defending theft and shoplifting charges in and around the Knoxville area for decades. Additionally, our in-house private investigator conducts an independent investigation into the facts of every new case.  Put our experience to work for you, and call one of our knowledgeable attorneys located in Knoxville, TN to schedule a free consultation today.