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Different levels of offense exist for theft charges

Theft generally involves the taking of someone else's property without permission and with the intent of preventing the original owner of every getting the property back. In Tennessee, individuals are falsely accused of theft when they borrow items owned by others or fail to properly communicate with others about their intended uses of the others' goods. Theft charges can be very serious, though, and can be categorized into two general levels.

The first level of theft is petit theft. Allegations of petit theft are based off of alleged takings of property with low monetary values. For example, the unlawful taking of any property with a value under $1,000 may be considered petit theft if the other requirements of the crime are proven. Petit theft charges can be misdemeanors and can carry with them significant criminal sanctions.

More serious than petit theft charges are grand theft charges. Items subject to alleged grand theft claims have higher monetary values, and as a result, individuals charged with grand theft can face serious penalties if convicted. For example, grand theft auto involves the stealing of a vehicle and can be punished severely by the Tennessee criminal courts.

As with all criminal legal matters, readers of this post are reminded that independent consultation with a criminal defense attorney is advisable for those who are battling theft and other serious charges. Legal guidance should be provided directly from attorney to client based on the facts and needs of the individual legal situation. For this reason, the contents of this blog should not be read as legal advice.

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