Theft Charges

Potential Consequences of a Theft Conviction in Tennessee

The potential consequences of a theft conviction in Tennessee can vary based on factors such as the value of the stolen property, whether the offense is classified as a misdemeanor or felony, and the defendant's criminal history. A criminal defense lawyer can play a crucial role in navigating the legal process and working to mitigate the impact of these consequences:

Criminal Penalties

Fines: The amount of fines can vary based on the value of the stolen property.
Jail/Prison Time: The severity of the offense determines whether the punishment includes incarceration.


Courts may order restitution, requiring the defendant to compensate the victim for the value of the stolen property or any damages incurred.


Instead of or in addition to jail time, a court may impose probation. This involves specific conditions such as regular check-ins with a probation officer and refraining from criminal activity.

Community Service

Offenders may be required to perform community service as part of their sentence.

Criminal Record

A theft conviction results in a criminal record, impacting employment, housing, and other aspects of life.

Enhanced Penalties for Repeat Offenders

Repeat theft offenses may lead to enhanced penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

Impact on Employment

A theft conviction can affect future employment opportunities, especially in positions that require trust and responsibility.

Loss of Civil Liberties

Felony theft convictions can result in the loss of certain civil liberties, such as the right to vote or possess firearms.

Professional Consequences

Certain professions may be particularly affected by a theft conviction, potentially leading to the loss of professional licenses or certifications.

Educational Consequences

Students with theft convictions may face disciplinary actions from educational institutions, including suspension or expulsion.

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Case Evaluation

A defense lawyer will thoroughly evaluate the details of your case to identify potential legal defenses, weaknesses in the prosecution's case, or violations of your constitutional rights.

Legal Advice and Guidance

Providing legal advice tailored to your specific situation, explaining the charges against you, and guiding you through the legal process.

Negotiation Skills

Negotiating with prosecutors to seek reduced charges, lesser penalties, or alternative resolutions such as diversion programs.

Building a Strong Defense

Crafting a robust defense strategy based on the circumstances of your case, which may include challenging evidence, questioning the legality of searches, or disputing the validity of witness testimony.

Mitigating Penalties

Working to minimize the potential consequences, such as reducing jail time, fines, or other penalties associated with the theft conviction.

Protecting Your Rights

Vigilantly protecting your constitutional rights throughout the legal process, ensuring that law enforcement and the prosecution adhere to proper procedures.

If you are charged with theft in Nashville, or the Middle Tennessee area, and want a strong criminal defense attorney who will fight for you and your rights, then contact Provenzano Law today for a free consultation.

Your fight is my fight

Hiring a skilled criminal defense lawyer is crucial to ensure that you have a strong advocate fighting for your rights and working to achieve the best possible outcome in your theft case.

Call today to learn more about how I can help you.

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