Many people think of theft as a minor crime and, it is in some cases. Basically, the severity of the charge depends on the stolen property and the manner in which it was stolen. Arizona law describes theft as:
Theft offenses vary in their execution and the criminal charges assigned them. Some of them are burglary, robbery, auto theft, larceny, identity theft, and embezzlement. The scope is quite broad; from petty theft to grand theft, all these receive theft charges and are punishable by law.
The different penalties are mainly based on the value of the property or service that the offender steals. A theft act may be a misdemeanor or a felony. The following is the general classification of felony charges for theft crime according to the Arizona penal code:
When the theft occurs within a business, it is considered a white collar, no matter the position of the offender. Nonetheless, this kind of theft is typically committed by those in upper management through fraudulent practices for the purpose of gaining financially. The classification also covers extortion, forgery, money laundering, and tax evasion. False accusation is very much possible in relation to white collar crimes.
If you find yourself charged with white collar theft, a criminal lawyer on your side can help you figure out the best steps to take. Many of these cases are taken care of the outside of the courtroom to avoid a criminal trial, which is often preferable for all parties concerned.
If you or a loved one is facing a theft charge, you must consult a criminal defense attorney right away. You need legal advice on resolving the case in the quickest way with the most favorable results. If you need legal representation or legal assistance, call the Law Offices of Howard A. Snader, LLC and speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your case.