Nashville Criminal Attorney Explains: What is the difference in Tennessee between burglary, robbery and theft?

Robbery in Tennessee. Most people recognize these terms as being some form of theft with each involving some degree of violence or force. You may be surprised to learn a few distinctions between the Tennessee crimes. As defined by Tennessee law, Robbery is the intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear. For example, the use of a threat placing the victim in fear while committing the crime of theft would be an example of a person committing the crime of robbery. The same criminal using a gun or a knife would be considered committing the crime of Aggravated Robbery and if the victim suffered serious bodily injury as a result of the use of the deadly weapon, it would be committing the crime of Especially Aggravated Robbery.

Tennessee Robbery Felony Grades: Robbery is a Class C Felony in Tennessee, Aggravated Robbery is a Class B Felony in Tennessee and Especially Aggravated Robbery is a Class A Felony in Tennessee.

Burglary in Tennessee. Burglary, generally, is the crime of entering a building (broadly defined) with the intent of committing a felony, theft or assault within the dwelling. Aggravated Burglary is the same crime as above, while entering a habitation (a building designed for the overnight accommodation of persons). Especially Aggravated Burglary is the same as above, with the additional factor of the victim suffering serious bodily injury.

Tennessee Burglary Felony Grades: Burglary can be either a Class E or D Felony; Aggravated Burglary is a Class C Felony in Tennessee; Especially Aggravated Burglary is a Class B Felony in Tennessee.

Theft in Tennessee. Tennessee has consolidated the crimes of embezzlement, false pretense, fraudulent conversion, larceny, receiving or concealing stolen property and similar offenses into the single crime of theft. Tennessee law also distinguishes between theft of property and theft of services. A person commits the crime of theft of property in Tennessee, if with the intent to deprive the owner of property, the person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the property without the owner’s effective consent. A person commits the crime of theft of services in Tennessee, if simply stated, a person obtains services by means of fraud, deception or coercion or by other means to avoid paying for those services received. It should be noted that walking away from a bar tab or restaurant bill is considered theft. In Tennessee, the respective felony and misdemeanor class is determined by the value of the stolen services or property.

–          If the value of the stolen services or property is less than $500, the charge of theft in Tennessee is a Class A Misdemeanor.

–          If the value of the stolen services or property is $500 or more but less than $1,000, the charge of theft in Tennessee is a Class E Felony.

–          If the value of the stolen services or property is $1,000 or more but less than $10,000, the charge of theft in Tennessee is a Class D Felony.

–          If the value of the stolen services or property is $10,000 or more but less than $60,000, the charge of theft in Tennessee is a Class C Felony.

–          If the value of the stolen services or property is $60,000 or more, the charge of theft in Tennessee is a Class B Felony.

Felony convictions carry very significant consequences. If you have been charged with any criminal offense you should always consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our Nashville Criminal Attorneys are prepared to provide you with an evaluation of your case, the charges you may face and discuss the possible defenses you may have against those charges. Whether you are facing a DUI charge, drug charges, or weapon related charges, our Nashville criminal lawyers have years of experience handling thousands of similar cases. Contact your Nashville Attorney Now.

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