Within the criminal laws here in Tennessee, there are many critical thresholds. For example, for some offenses, there is a threshold in place which dictates whether a given instance of the offense was a misdemeanor version of the offense or a felony version of the offense. Sometimes, such a threshold is a certain number. An example of this can be seen in Tennessee credit card fraud law.
Under state law, when it comes to whether a given offense of credit card fraud in Tennessee is a misdemeanor or a felony, the magic number is $500. Specifically, here in Tennessee, credit card fraud that involved $500 or less in value (or no value at all) is generally a Class A misdemeanor, while credit card fraud that involved more than $500 in value is generally a felony. What specific felony charge a person accused of committing credit card fraud that involved more than $500 in value would be facing in the state depends on how much over the $500 threshold the amount of value the alleged fraud is alleged to have involved is.
Thus, when a person is accused of credit card fraud here in Tennessee, what amount of value authorities allege that the alleged fraud involved can matter considerably.
As one can see from this example, the various thresholds in state criminal law can have some very significant impacts in criminal cases. Defense attorneys can help criminal defendants here in Tennessee understand what the critical thresholds are in the law involving the offense they are accused of, where the specific allegations leveled against them sit in relation to these thresholds and what this means for their case.
Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Credit and Debit Card Fraud," April 21, 2015