Theft charges can be much more than someone purposely taking from a store or someone else. In fact, three types of theft charges are recognized in Tennessee based on someone's involvement in the alleged offense.
Theft, larceny, and embezzlement are all types of theft crimes that can be committed in Tennessee. These crimes are punishable by jail time and a criminal record, so it's important to understand their differences. Continue reading to learn the definitions of each of these theft accusations and what you need to know if someone you know is charged with one.
Theft is defined as the taking of another person's property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. In Tennessee, theft can be a felony offense punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
Larceny is similar to theft but is defined as taking another person's property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of it temporarily. This type of theft is most seen in the workplace. Larceny is usually a misdemeanor offense in Tennessee punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Embezzlement occurs when someone who has been entrusted with another person's property unlawfully takes it for their own use. Embezzlement is a felony offense in Tennessee punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
Accused of a Theft Charge in Tennessee?
If you or someone you know has been charged with a theft crime in Tennessee, contact Meade Law Group to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We can help you understand the charges you are facing and develop a defense strategy to protect your rights. Call us at (423) 464-7779 or fill out our online form to get started.