Theft Penalties

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The moment you’re arrested and charged with a theft crime, you may be wondering, “What am I looking at if I’m convicted?” To be sure, this is a fair question, as a conviction for an Alabama theft crime can have serious consequences. Of course, with the help of an experienced Birmingham theft crimes lawyer, you may be able to avoid punishment altogether, but it is still a good idea to be fully informed of what’s at stake. Read on to learn more about theft crime punishments in Alabama.

At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., we never start working on a case planning on a conviction. However, over the 25 years we’ve been representing clients, it’d be unrealistic to say that every case can be beat; sometimes, the evidence is too strong, and, in others, our clients prefer we work out a negotiated plea agreement to eliminate the risk of taking a case to trial. Regardless, Attorney Jason Stoves will listen to your concerns and ensure that your case is handled the way you want it to be, all while reducing your exposure at every possible opportunity.

Misdemeanor Theft in Alabama

In Alabama, theft crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the value of the property stolen and the circumstances of the theft. If you are dealing with theft charges in Alabama, it’s important to understand which offenses are considered misdemeanors. Here’s a breakdown of misdemeanor theft offenses in the state:

Theft of Property in the Fourth Degree (Theft 4): Theft of property is the most basic form of theft and is considered a Class A misdemeanor. If you steal property or services that are valued at less than $500, you would be charged with this type of theft. A conviction can result in up to a year in jail and fines.

Shoplifting: Although technically falling under theft of property, shoplifting charges can be misdemeanors if the value of the merchandise is less than $500. This is also treated as a Class A misdemeanor. Enhanced penalties may apply for repeat offenses, but they generally remain within the misdemeanor category unless the value substantially exceeds $500.

Theft of Lost Property in the Fourth Degree: If you find lost property valued at under $500 and you keep it with the intent to deprive the rightful owner, you can be charged with this Class A misdemeanor.

In Alabama, once the value of stolen property exceeds $500, the theft generally becomes a felony, leading to more severe penalties.

Felony Theft in Alabama

In Alabama, theft crimes that exceed certain value thresholds or involve specific circumstances are classified as felonies. If you’re facing theft charges in Alabama, knowing which offenses are felonies can significantly impact your understanding of the potential legal consequences. Here are the specific felony theft offenses:

Theft of Property in the First Degree (Theft 1): This is charged when you allegedly steal property or services valued at more than $2,500. It is considered a Class B felony, which can lead to a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years.

Theft of Property in the Second Degree (Theft 2): If you are accused of stealing property or services valued between $1,500 and $2,500, you will face this Class C felony charge. A conviction can result in a prison term of 1 to 10 years.

Theft of Property in the Third Degree (Theft 3): This applies if the property or services stolen are valued between $500 and $1,500. It is a Class D felony, with potential imprisonment of 1 to 5 years.

Additionally, theft involving firearms, regardless of their value, is always treated as at least a Class C felony in Alabama. Similarly, thefts that involve a breach of trust (such as embezzlement or identity theft) or occur during a state of emergency can also escalate to felony charges. Finally, serious theft crimes such as robbery or burglary are always considered felonies.

Work with an Experienced Birmingham Theft Crimes Lawyer to Protect Your Rights and Reduce the Chances of a Conviction

If you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, theft of property, or any other theft crime, it is essential that you have a knowledgeable attorney in your corner to ensure that your case ends in the most favorable way possible. At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., we have helped countless clients avoid the worst consequence of a conviction through our aggressive advocacy and negotiation skills. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and cater our representation accordingly. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call the Stoves Law Firm, P.C. at (205) 823-7233, or you can connect with us through our secure online contact form.

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