Theft – Property Crimes in Arizona
Arizona Criminal Laws on Theft
Theft property crimes or larceny covers a host of criminal charges from petty theft to a high-level felony. How severe the punishment will depend on how serious the offense is and the value of the stolen property. If you have been charged with petty theft or auto theft in the state of Arizona, this article gives you information about what charges to expect, potential consequences, and your legal defenses.
What constitutes theft in Arizona?
In Arizona, you can be charged with theft if you knowingly or willfully take someone else’s property or service without owner authorization, and if the intention is to deprive that individual of the stolen properties or services. It can be done through physical force, misrepresentation, deception, or taking control of the item without the true owner’s knowledge and consent.
Arizona adopts a classification system where the severity of the offense depends on the value of the stolen property (or property type in a few cases). Arizona state law divides such theft property crime offenses into six offense levels starting from a class 1 misdemeanor and leading to a class 2 felony. Consult an experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney for to find out which offense level the charge against you falls under.