Theft is considered a crime of dishonesty. If you plead guilty to a crime of dishonesty, it could affect your future in many ways. An employer could decide not to hire you. A landlord could turn you down as a renter. If you are ever involved in a court case, you could be impeached as a dishonest person based on this one event in your life.
At Patton & Pittman in Clarksville, our attorneys defend people charged with shoplifting, auto theft, robbery, burglary and other property crimes throughout Middle Tennessee. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Many people who face criminal charges plead guilty because they are embarrassed and want to "make the case go away." Unfortunately, pleading guilty to any misdemeanor or felony charge will result in a permanent criminal record. In a world where background checks are increasingly commonplace, anyone with a criminal record is at a disadvantage.
Theft of less than $500 in money or property is a misdemeanor in Tennessee. Theft of more than $500 is a felony. Robbery (theft from another person by force or threat of force) and burglary (breaking into a residence or business with the intention of committing a crime) are felonies regardless of the amount taken.
If you have been accused of a property crime, the government will try to build a case based on eyewitness testimony, confessions or statements made by you, and corroborating physical evidence. Our lawyers meticulously examine the evidence against you for weaknesses to attack.
The physical evidence of the crime may not be there or may have been mishandled by police. An alternative theory may tell a different story than the story told by police. One defense may be that you thought you had a right to the property.
Attorney Chris Clark brings six years of experience as an assistant district attorney and a wealth of trial experience to your case.
Diversion and expungement: If you are eligible, pretrial or judicial diversion allows you to resolve your case without a criminal record, sometimes without pleading guilty.
Call (931) 361-4477 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation with our Clarksville attorneys.