Arrested for a Theft charge in Auburn, AL, Lee County or one of the surrounding areas?

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In Alabama theft is defined as, Knowingly, obtaining unauthorized control over the property of another with intent to deprive the owner of their property. The value of property that is involved in the theft or the circumstance is a determining factor when classifying a charge. In Alabama there is third degree theft, second degree theft and first degree theft. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have been handling third, second and first degree theft cases in Lee County and the surrounding areas for over 40 years.


In Alabama the classifications for theft are first, second and third degree theft. Each classification is dependent on the value of the property involved, and the higher the value of the property means more consequences for the charge.

Third Degree Theft – Theft is classified as third degree when the value of the property involved is less than $500. Third degree theft is the lowest theft charge a person can receive in the state of Alabama. Third degree classification is considered a class A misdemeanor. The fines for third degree theft could be up to $6,000 and jail time up to one year.

Second Degree Theft – Theft is classified as second degree when the value of the property involved is greater than $500 but not greater than the amount of $2,500. The dollar amount is not the sole determinate of what is considered second degree theft. Certain types of property that is stolen, such as, credit or debit cards, controlled substances, and firearms are automatically considered second degree theft in the state of Alabama. Second degree classification is considered a class C felony. The fines for second degree theft could be up to $15,000 and jail time up to 10 years.

First Degree Theft- Theft is classified as first degree when the value of property is greater $2,500. Theft of any property taken directly from the person of another and theft of a motor vehicle is considered first degree theft in the state of Alabama. First degree theft is the most severe theft charge. The classification for first degree is a class B felony. The fines for first degree theft could be up to $30,000 and jail time up to a maximum of 20 years.

Why Hire an Attorney and Choose McCollum and Wilson?

An experienced attorney for any criminal case, including theft, can help to make sure the best course of action is taken your case. Alabama law can be complex and every theft case is different. The best attorney can help navigate the legal system and help come up with the best possible outcome. Our criminal defense attorneys work with the local courts of Auburn City , Lee County, Tallapoosa County and the surrounding areas.

Our criminal defense attorneys have had experience handling theft cases for over 40 years. A theft charge can seem devastating and troublesome. Our attorneys’ goal at McCollum and Wilson is to get the best possible outcome for your case. We work closely and diligently with our clients to understand each case and to achieve what works best for each individual. Numerous cases of ours have been dismissed or nol pros upon payment of court cost, community service and different classes to assess a clients’ needs. While we know every theft case is different, which can result in different outcomes, we work thoroughly with the local courts to make sure every client has the best possible result for their case.

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