Theft Charges

Theft Charges in Phoenix

Under A.R.S. § 13-1802 (A), a person commits theft if, without lawful authority, the person knowingly:

    • Controls the property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property
    • Converts, for an unauthorized term or use, services or property of another entrusted to the defendant or placed in the defendant’s possession for a limited, authorized term or use
    • Obtains services or property of another by means of any material misrepresentation with intent to deprive the other person of such property or services
    • Comes into control of the lost, mislaid or misdelivered property of another under circumstances providing means of inquiry as to the true owner and appropriates such property to the person’s own or another’s use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner
    • Controls property of another, knowing or having reason to know that the property was stolen obtains services, known to the defendant to be available only for compensation, without paying or diverts another’s services to the person’s own or another’s benefit without authority to do so
    • Controls the metal of another with the intent to deprive the other person of the metal
    • Controls the metal of another knowing or having reason to know that the metal was stolen
    • Purchases within the scope of the ordinary course of business the metal of another person knowing that the metal was stolen

Under A.R.S. § 13-1802 (B), a person commits theft if, without lawful authority, the person knowingly takes control, title, use or management of a vulnerable adult’s property while acting in a position of trust and confidence and with the intent to deprive the vulnerable adult of the property.

The classification and punishment of a theft varies on the value of the property involved:

      • Theft of property or services with a value of $25,000 or more is a class 2 felony.
      • Theft of property or services with a value of $4,000 or more but less than $25,000 is a class 3 felony.
      • Theft of property or services with a value of $3,000 or more but less than $4,000 is a class 4 felony, except that theft of any vehicle engine or transmission is a class 4 felony regardless of value.
      • Theft of property or services with a value of $2,000 or more but less than $3,000 is a class 5 felony.
      • Theft of property or services with a value of $1,000 or more but less than $2,000 is a class 6 felony.
      • Theft of any property or services valued at less than $1,000 is a class 1 misdemeanor, unless the property is taken from the person of another, is a firearm or is an animal taken for the purpose of animal fighting in violation of § 13-2910.01, in which case the theft is a class 6 felony.

In regards to any class of felony, sentencing varies greatly depending on the facts of the crime and criminal history of the Defendant. Contact us today for a free consultation if you are facing theft charges.

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