The difference between "petty theft" and "grand theft" in Arizona

May 10, 2010
By James E. Novak, P.L.L.C. on May 10, 2010 6:43 AM |

THEFT - Criminal Defense Attorney - Arizona Laws

A crime of theft is defined as the illegal act of taking or using another person's property without permission or consent. It is also considered a theft crime to accept or receive property that you know to be stolen. Theft crimes classifications can range from acts of stealing from a store to the more serious felony crime of taking money from a corporation. If you have been accused of committing a theft crime, it is important for you to consider hiring an Arizona criminal attorney experienced in defending theft charges.

There are many forms of theft charges. The two major categories can fall within
"petty theft" and "grand theft". Grand theft is also known as "Larceny". The main differences between the two involve the following factors:

1) The value of the item stolen. In order to be considered grand theft the total value of what was taken must exceed a certain dollar amount. In Arizona that amount is $500.00. Any item stolen that exceeds $500.00 is considered to be "grand theft". That threshold his subject to change as money changes in value.

2) The level of conduct involved used to steal the item

3) Whether or not the person (s) who committed the crime had any prior thefts or other record of criminal offenses.

Other factors may be considered by the state and prosecution. The difference in the two (petty theft and grand theft) is that petty theft is a misdemeanor, while grand theft is usually considered a felony. Which category the crime falls within can have a huge impact on the sentencing.

Felonies carry sever penalties and have long term adverse consequences. A conviction of felony theft will almost always involve incarceration. However, A conviction of petty theft may be involve less severe sentencing such as deferred with counseling, probation, community service, fines and restitution. In any event, you should consult an Arizona criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with any form of theft to make sure your rights are protected, and to discuss if legal representation is needed.

If you are facing any type of Arizona theft or grand theft charges, Arizona DUI, other Arizona Criminal offense contact the Law Office of James Novak, for your Free Consultation at (480) 413-1499. Speak directly with experienced Phoenix Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney and James Novak (Former Prosecutor).

The Law Office of James Novak is 100% devoted to defending se DUI, Drug & Criminal cases in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa Arizona and surrounding areas valley-wide in Arizona.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.