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In Tough Financial Times Everyone Can Make a Mistake—Arizona Theft Lawyer

In bad economic times where people are out of work and generally struggling to meet their basic needs, good people sometimes make mistakes.  If you are driven by economic desperation to take the property or money of others to meet the needs of you and your family, the Sullivan Law Offices, PLLC is committed to ensuring that one moment of weakness or poor judgment does not cloud the rest of your life.  Former Maricopa County prosecutor Dianne Sullivan does not judge her clients and understand that bad things sometimes happen to good people.  Mr. Sullivan offers tenacious criminal defense of theft offenses in Tempe and throughout Arizona.

Theft offenses in Arizona encompass a broad range of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including but not limited to the following:

  • Shoplifting
  • Passing bad checks
  • White collar crimes (embezzlement)
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Larceny
  • Grand Theft Auto

These are just a few examples of theft offenses that you may be charged with in Arizona.  While most people understand that they may be charged with a theft offense if they take property or money from another person or merchandise from a store, there are many other  scenarios that may also result in your being charged with a theft offense:

  • Taking possession or control of property that you have reason to know has been taken unlawfully
  • Obtaining services and property without payment, such as by use of deception or fraud
  • Converting property where you find property and fail to make a reasonable attempt to return it to its lawful owner

At the Sullivan Law offices, we believe one mistake should not haunt you for the rest of your life. We work diligently to find ways to prevent you from suffering a conviction if you are accused of a theft offense in Maricopa County.  We may challenge the factual basis for the charge or attempt to arrange diversion with restitution paid to the complaining witness.  It is important to understand that theft offenses can be serious even seemingly minor offenses like shoplifting or bad checks.  If you are convicted of shoplifting less than $1000 in merchandise or passing a bad check, you may be convicted of a Class I Misdemeanor and receive a maximum term of six months in county jail.  When the amount you are accused shoplifting exceeds $2000, a conviction may result in a maximum term of two and one- half years in state prison and a felony conviction.  Similarly, passing a bad check which exceeds the amount of $6000 is a felony and may result in a maximum of one year in state prison.

Arizona criminal offenses like writing a bad check and shoplifting are the types of theft offenses that most people believe may result in life-altering impact on one’s life and future.  These examples show that even the most innocuous sounding theft conviction can result in severe penalties and permanently affect your long-term future. If you suffer a misdemeanor or felony theft offense, future employers and landlords will be able to discover the conviction when they run a background check. If you are not a US citizen, you may also be subject to adverse immigration consequences if you are convicted of a theft offense in Arizona or throughout Maricopa County.  Ms. Sullivan is committed to helping those whose lives have been sidetracked by an isolated mistake or a moment of desperation from paying the consequences for the rest of their lives.

Experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney Dianne Sullivan understands the stress and anxiety that typically accompany being arrested and charged with a theft offense in Tempe, Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona.  Ms. Sullivan fights diligently prevent her clients’ from receiving a criminal record.  If outright dismissal of the charges cannot be obtained, she will seek a favorable plea arrangement, which may reduce the negative stigma and punishment associated with your conviction. 

Ms. Sullivan provides tenacious criminal DUI defense, including effective defense to all types of Arizona theft crimes.  Our criminal defense team can handle cases in Mesa, Tempe, Avondale, Goodyear, Glendale, Surprise, Chandler, Scottsdale or any court in Maricopa County, Arizona.  We offer a confidential consultation absolutely free so call us today at 480-284-8740. 


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