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Theft Crimes in Alabama
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Alabama prosecutors vigorously pursue theft crimes. You may have been accused of theft after a complex misunderstanding, or perhaps financial issues have resulted into desperate measures. No matter the circumstances of your arrest, you must obtain an aggressive defense against the allegations made against you.
If you have been arrested for or charged with a theft crime, our Birmingham criminal defense lawyer at Revill Law Firm is ready to protect your rights, reputation, and future. We are genuinely invested in fighting for you and providing you with effective and personalized advocacy to help get your life back on track.
Regardless of the circumstances and details of your case, you can be confident in our firm’s ability to provide the services you need and the answers you seek.
Theft Crime Laws & Penalties
According to Alabama law, theft is defined as knowingly obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over the property of someone else, with the intention to deprive the owner of his/her property. Each offense is based on the value of the property involved, as well as the circumstances surrounding the case.
The following are the different classifications of theft in Alabama:
- Third-degree theft – If the value of the property involved is less than $500, the offense is considered a third-degree theft. This crime is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of one year and a fine of up to $6,000.
- Second-degree theft – If the value of the property involve is more than $500, but not greater than $25,000, the offense is considered second-degree theft. However, theft involving credit cards, firearms, controlled substances, and livestock are also second-degree theft crimes—no matter the dollar value of the items stolen. This type of theft crime is a class C felony, resulting in a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
- First-degree theft – If the value of the property stolen is more than $2,500, it is classified as a first-degree theft crime. However, theft of any motor vehicle and theft of any properly taken directly from another person is considered first-degree theft, regardless of the value of property involved. This crime is a class B felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $30,000.
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In addition to criminal penalties, a person who is convicted of shoplifting can also be held civilly liable. They could be ordered to reimburse the store owner, whether the property is no longer in a sellable condition or for attempting to recover the shoplifted property, and pay for his/her attorney’s fees.
Due to the severity of the penalties, it is critical to seek skilled legal representation from an experienced lawyer. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorney will provide high class and aggressive counsel necessary to pursue the best results for your case.
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