According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, in 2018, there were about 191,279 reported incidents of property crimes in Tennessee. Of these, nearly 137,708 were larceny-theft cases. In Tennessee, theft crimes may include theft of property or services, robbery, racketeering, or burglary. If convicted, a defendant could be facing substantial fines, lengthy prison sentences, and other devastating social ramifications, depending on the value of the property or services stolen.
If you're facing theft charges or if you are under investigation for a theft crime, it is crucial that you retain an aggressive and highly-skilled Tennessee criminal law attorney immediately to outline your defense strategy. At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, we're dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and reliable representation to clients in matters of criminal law, property crimes, and theft. Our attorneys will fight vigorously to defend your rights and determine an effective defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
The Law Office of Joshua S. Reed proudly serves clients in Knoxville, Farragut, and counties throughout East Tennessee, including but not limited to Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Sevier, and Union Counties.
Theft Under Tennessee Law
Theft is a broad term used to qualify different types of crimes that involve stealing or taking something which belongs to another person with the intent to deprive the victim of the property or item. Under Tennessee law, the crime of theft may be categorized into two - theft of property and theft of services.
Theft of Property
Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-103, "a person commits theft of property if, with intent to deprive the owner of the property, the person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the property without the owner's effective consent."
Theft of Services
Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-104, a person commits theft of services when he or she:
- Intentionally obtains services by deception, coercion, fraud, false statement, forgery, false pretense, or any other deceptive means to avoid paying for such services.
- Has control over the disposition of services to others and knowingly diverts those services to their own benefit or to the benefit of another not entitled.
- Intentionally absconds from an organization where compensation for services is paid immediately after receiving such services, without paying.