Theft Defense Lawyer In Westlake Village

In Tennessee, a conviction for theft can bring serious penalties. Depending on the circumstances of the case, those convicted of theft can face years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

I am criminal defense lawyer Edward E. DeWerff and I have decades of experience representing clients in Clarksville, Tennessee who have been charged with property crimes, including theft and shoplifting.

What Is Theft In Tennessee?

In Tennessee, a person commits theft of property when, with the intent to deprive the owner of it, he or she obtains or exercises control over another person's property. Whether a particular theft is considered to be a misdemeanor or felony depends upon the value of the property stolen:

  • If the property is worth $500 or less, the crime is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail.
  • If the property is worth between $500 and $1,000, the crime is considered to be a class E felony, which is punishable by one to six years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines.
  • If the property is worth between $1,000 and $10,000, the crime is a class D felony and is punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

As the value of the property stolen increases, so does the possible sentence.

As a former prosecutor, I understand how district attorneys approach theft cases. I can provide knowledgeable advice about the possibility of plea agreements to my clients and, when necessary, argue their cases effectively before a jury.

Call For A Free Initial Consultation

To schedule a free initial consultation with a theft defense attorney in Westlake Village, contact me or call 931-444-6038 today.