Theft in Alabama is defined as knowingly and willfully obtaining or controlling another person’s property with the intention of permanently depriving them of that property. Since 1989, the Birmingham criminal defense lawyer at Mark Bishop Turner, Attorney at Law has represented hundreds of clients in theft crimes cases.
In the state of Alabama, theft crimes are classified as first, second, or third degree theft. First degree theft crimes involve property valued at more than $2,500. Second degree theft crimes involve property valued between $500 and $2,500, and third degree theft crimes involve property with a value of less than $500.
Typically, third degree theft results in no more than one year in prison and up to $6,000 fines. Second degree theft carries prison sentences ranging from one year and one day to ten years in prison along with $15,000 fines. As the most severe category, first degree theft carries penalties of a minimum of two years to a maximum of 20 years in state prison as well as up to $30,000 fines.
Robbery that uses physical force or threatens physical force against another person qualifies as a third degree offense, or a Class C felony. When it is committed with another person, robbery may be categorized as a second degree theft, or a Class B felony. Furthermore, robbery committed with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon often qualifies as a first degree offense, or a Class A felony, and carries the most severe penalties.
In robbery charges, the defense of a claim of right to the property does not count. For other theft charges, however, proving that a defendant thought he or she had a valid claim of right to the property is a common defense strategy. Mark Bishop Turner, Attorney at Law is a life member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and our Birmingham criminal defense attorney can investigate the incident and navigate the state and federal legal system to help seek a positive outcome.
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