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Property Crimes

Property Crimes practice area

Property crimes are a broad category of criminal charges. Generally, property crimes involve the theft or destruction of property. Property crimes in Arizona include offenses ranging from simple misdemeanor infractions to felony charges. The alleged offense, the value of property in question, aggravating factors and more can impact the severity of the charges and the potential penalties for conviction. If you’re facing property crimes charges in Arizona, you could be facing severe criminal consequences.

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Property Crimes Overview:

Generally, theft charges in Arizona are prosecuted according to value. As the alleged value of the theft increases, the potential penalties for conviction increase as well.

Shoplifting ARS §13-1805. Shoplifting charges and their severity are largely dependent on the dollar amount in question. Misdemeanor shoplifting charges typically involve shoplifting items valued under $1000. Felony charges are generally filed for amounts exceeding $1000, using a container or artifice to facilitate the shoplifting, shoplifting a weapon, or a third conviction in 5 years. Shoplifting may include the theft or attempted theft of an item including through repackaging, item concealment, or switching price tags. While non-violent and potentially unintentional, shoplifting charges still carry serious penalties. Misdemeanor convictions carry up to six months in jail with increased penalties for felony convictions.

Theft ARS §13-1802. Many offenses can lead to theft charges in Arizona. Theft charges may result from accusations of:

  • Receiving stolen goods
  • Trafficking stolen goods
  • Forging financial documents
  • Inaccurately completing financial documents
  • Removing an item from someone’s property
  • Misallocating employer’s funds
  • Mismanaging investments

In most cases, the penalties for theft charges increase as the value of theft increases with up to 12.5 years in prison for some thefts. Theft charges and penalties can be complicated by aggravating factors and sentences can be higher for those with existing records.

Robberies are theft charges prosecuted as felony cases. Robbery charges typically fall into one of three categories:

Robbery ARS §13-1902. Robbery is taking another person’s property, by force or the threat of force, while in their presence. This could be from their person or from their surroundings. Robberies are prosecuted as class 4 felonies with corresponding penalties.

Aggravated robbery ARS §13-1903. Those accused of committing a robbery with the aid of one or more individuals present may face charges of aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony charge.

Armed robbery ARS §13-1904. Adding a weapon or simulated weapon to any crime increases its severity. Those facing armed robbery charges can face up to 12.5 years in prison with enhancements for prior convictions.

Burglary charges are complicated. In many cases, burglary charges rely on proving the offender’s intent through circumstantial evidence. Your defense may be critical in avoiding lengthy prison time. In Arizona, those accused of burglary could be facing charges for:

3rd-degree burglary ARS §13-1506. People caught within non-residential structures with the intent to commit a felony may face 3rd-degree burglary charges. This includes vehicles, industrial lots, commercial structures, residential yards, and more.

2nd-degree burglary ARS §13-1507. Anyone suspected to have unlawfully entered a residential structure with the intent to commit a felony or any theft may be charged with a class 3 felony – even if the structure is unoccupied.

1st-degree burglary ARS §13-1508. 1st-degree burglary charges can result from committing a third- or second-degree burglary while in possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument.

Possession of burglary tools ARS §13-1505. Many burglaries are carried out with the aid of tools, both advanced and simple. Anyone suspected to possess the necessary tools for committing a burglary (even if no burglary has been committed) may be arrested for possession of burglary tools.

Auto Theft (ARS §13-1814)

Auto theft in Arizona is called Theft of Means of Transportation. Cars, trucks, and other automobiles are valuable. An accusation of stealing one can carry heavy penalties. In Arizona, people may face auto theft charges for:

  • Failing to return a rental vehicle on time
  • Using a ‘work’ or borrowed vehicle outside its intended purpose
  • Joyriding in a stolen car
  • Illegally obtaining a car with the intent to keep, sell, or scrap the vehicle
  • Driving a car knowing or having reason to know the car was stolen

The prosecutor does not need to prove you stole the car, or even that you knew it was stolen, to convict you of a class 3 felony. These cases are extremely easy for the prosecutors to win. But Elizabeth Mullins routinely obtains not guilty verdicts for her clients.

Vandalism/Criminal Damage (ARS §13-1602; ARS §13-1604)

Defacing, damaging, and/or tampering with any public or private property may lead to vandalism charges. Vandalism and property damage can be charged as both misdemeanors and felony charges depending on the value, the intent of the offender, and more. As the value increases, the penalties for conviction generally increase as well. The context of the damage will also affect the case. Those found guilty of vandalism or criminal damage with the intent to commit a hate crime will face severe penalties and potential federal criminal charges.

Criminal Trespass (ARS §13-1502; ARS §13-1503; ARS §13-1504)

Trespassing crimes are incredibly broad. Anyone caught in a place they are not permitted to be, or who remain in a location after being asked to leave, may face trespassing charges. Trespassing charges can result from gaining lawful access to a publicly-owned, commercial, or residential property.

Arson (ARS §13-1702; ARS §13-1703; ARS §13-1704; ARS §13-1705; ARS §13-1706)

Arson charges are serious criminal charges. In some cases, arson places people’s lives at risk increasing the severity of charges. In arson cases, the intent is an important detail in determining the charges and potential penalties for conviction. Those determined to have committed arson without intent may face reduced charges while those convicted of setting fires deliberately will face harsh sentencing. Arson investigations are nuanced and complicated. It’s important you hire an attorney experienced in successfully defending arson charges as soon as possible.





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"I am not exaggerating when I say that choosing to hire Ryan Tait as my attorney has had a greater impact in changing the course of my life for the better than any other decision I have ever made. I retained him as my attorney during the most stressful time of my entire life--I was being investigated by law enforcement for something that had the potential for life altering consequences. Law enforcement had severe and damning evidence against me and I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose everything. Ryan got involved and was incredibly aggressive in working with law enforcement to resolve the matter. He was able to get ALL charges dropped which was something I didn't think would ever be possible. Before hiring Ryan I had consulted with a different attorney who suggested that my best possible option was to plea to some pretty serious offenses-I was devastated at that news and continued my search for an attorney who wouldn't give up--that's when I found Ryan. I am so glad that I didn't listen to the other attorney and instead invested in hiring Ryan as my attorney. He was so easy to talk to and was compassionate and totally nonjudgmental. He believed in me and was confident and passionate about fighting for me. At the end of the whole ordeal I was told by an individual from law enforcement that I was incredibly lucky that I had such a good attorney--I believe this to be true and it is obvious that he is well known and respected and/or feared by law enforcement. If you are reading this review because you are searching for an attorney, I can say with confidence that you will not regret choosing to hire Ryan Tait."

Allison

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:49:45-07:00

Allison

"I am not exaggerating when I say that choosing to hire Ryan Tait as my attorney has had a greater impact in changing the course of my life for the better than any other decision I have ever made. I retained him as my attorney during the most stressful time of my entire life--I was being investigated by law enforcement for something that had the potential for life altering consequences. Law enforcement had severe and damning evidence against me and I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose everything. Ryan got involved and was incredibly aggressive in working with law enforcement to resolve the matter. He was able to get ALL charges dropped which was something I didn't think would ever be possible. Before hiring Ryan I had consulted with a different attorney who suggested that my best possible option was to plea to some pretty serious offenses-I was devastated at that news and continued my search for an attorney who wouldn't give up--that's when I found Ryan. I am so glad that I didn't listen to the other attorney and instead invested in hiring Ryan as my attorney. He was so easy to talk to and was compassionate and totally nonjudgmental. He believed in me and was confident and passionate about fighting for me. At the end of the whole ordeal I was told by an individual from law enforcement that I was incredibly lucky that I had such a good attorney--I believe this to be true and it is obvious that he is well known and respected and/or feared by law enforcement. If you are reading this review because you are searching for an attorney, I can say with confidence that you will not regret choosing to hire Ryan Tait."

"I will highly recommend Ryan to any one, personally i can say he is one of the best lawyers in AZ, he does his best to get the job done. He always demonstrated confidence which gave us peace of mind. He treats his clients with respect and he knows how to listen. Ryan did an excellent job in our case he persevered until the end. If you are looking for a lawyer that gets the job done and always willing to tell you the truth get Ryan."

Laura

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:52:39-07:00

Laura

"I will highly recommend Ryan to any one, personally i can say he is one of the best lawyers in AZ, he does his best to get the job done. He always demonstrated confidence which gave us peace of mind. He treats his clients with respect and he knows how to listen. Ryan did an excellent job in our case he persevered until the end. If you are looking for a lawyer that gets the job done and always willing to tell you the truth get Ryan."

"Arthur Hall used to be a former prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. As soon as I learned that he was a prosecutor, I felt that I had an advantage not many other do. I feel that his past experience gave him knowledge of the law, but also a lot of confidence and rapport with the people who had the case against me and the judges. It was nice to feel confident in someone who had my freedom in his hands. He was aggressive with his negotiations because he knew based on my case and his prosecutorial experience what the best deal was that he could get. I highly recommend AJ to defend you."

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:53:17-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"Arthur Hall used to be a former prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. As soon as I learned that he was a prosecutor, I felt that I had an advantage not many other do. I feel that his past experience gave him knowledge of the law, but also a lot of confidence and rapport with the people who had the case against me and the judges. It was nice to feel confident in someone who had my freedom in his hands. He was aggressive with his negotiations because he knew based on my case and his prosecutorial experience what the best deal was that he could get. I highly recommend AJ to defend you."

"I was charged with an Aggravated Assault based on a mistaken identification. It was terrifying dealing with the possibility of going to prison for something I didn’t do! The prosecutor refused to dismiss my case for a long time, but Ryan never gave up. He kept fighting with the prosecutor until eventually my case was dismissed and I was finally able to go back to living my life! I would totally recommend Ryan to anyone who is innocent of their charges."

A.G. Phoenix, AZ

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:54:02-07:00

A.G. Phoenix, AZ

"I was charged with an Aggravated Assault based on a mistaken identification. It was terrifying dealing with the possibility of going to prison for something I didn’t do! The prosecutor refused to dismiss my case for a long time, but Ryan never gave up. He kept fighting with the prosecutor until eventually my case was dismissed and I was finally able to go back to living my life! I would totally recommend Ryan to anyone who is innocent of their charges."

"My nephew was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up being charged with several serious felonies. He was facing no less than 40 years in prison! Our entire family was shocked when we found out how harsh Arizona’s laws are for people who make innocent mistakes. My nephew was such a good kid who did not deserve to be locked up for most of his life. Ryan not only answered all of our questions and helped us through the case, but truly cared about our family and my nephew. The State offered him a plea to 13-17 years. Ryan outlined all the pros and cons of going to trial, which is what my nephew did. After 3 weeks of trial, with all of us sitting on pins and needles, Ryan convinced the jury to come back not guilty on all of the most serious charges and my nephew ended up only serving a year! Our family will forever be grateful for Ryan’s passionate and caring representation." 

K.E. Phoenix, AZ

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:54:51-07:00

K.E. Phoenix, AZ

"My nephew was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up being charged with several serious felonies. He was facing no less than 40 years in prison! Our entire family was shocked when we found out how harsh Arizona’s laws are for people who make innocent mistakes. My nephew was such a good kid who did not deserve to be locked up for most of his life. Ryan not only answered all of our questions and helped us through the case, but truly cared about our family and my nephew. The State offered him a plea to 13-17 years. Ryan outlined all the pros and cons of going to trial, which is what my nephew did. After 3 weeks of trial, with all of us sitting on pins and needles, Ryan convinced the jury to come back not guilty on all of the most serious charges and my nephew ended up only serving a year! Our family will forever be grateful for Ryan’s passionate and caring representation." 

"When time is against you in the worst possible way, you find yourself wishing two things:

  1. Wishing you knew a criminal Attorney before you got in trouble.

  2. Wishing your best friend was a criminal Attorney


That’s where Arthur comes into play.. Expect the same representation from start to finish as if your life long best friend was standing next to you fighting for the best possible achievable outcome.

The ending result will provide two additional life long benefits

  1. You have a new best friend

  2. If you ever find yourself in a bad spot again… Your best friend is a criminal defense Attorney."


 

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:56:04-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"When time is against you in the worst possible way, you find yourself wishing two things: Wishing you knew a criminal Attorney before you got in trouble. Wishing your best friend was a criminal Attorney That’s where Arthur comes into play.. Expect the same representation from start to finish as if your life long best friend was standing next to you fighting for the best possible achievable outcome. The ending result will provide two additional life long benefits You have a new best friend If you ever find yourself in a bad spot again… Your best friend is a criminal defense Attorney."  

"AJ Hall was INCREDIBLE from the minute I called him and told him my situation until the very last court date where he got me an incredible deal… More than I could have ever hoped for. AJ took on my case and made me feel comfortable right away and never made me promises he couldn’t keep. He guided me and never mislead me even good news or not. Throughout my whole very long ordeal he was so professional, informative, compassionate, and fought so hard to get me what I needed!! Although the battle was rough he never gave up and was willing to do whatever I wanted, take it as far as I wanted to get the outcome I wanted/needed! And I can’t be more thankful. He went to court so many times for me to fight my battle and to get me the best possible outcome and he did!!! The very last court date when it seemed the outcome on everything would be great except for 1 thing my worst fear jail time me having to leave my children and go there (I even had a date picked to check in) he got it over turned and save me from it and for that I am forever grateful. He handles everything with care and compassion. I highly recommend him!! Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!"

Michelle

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:57:46-07:00

Michelle

"AJ Hall was INCREDIBLE from the minute I called him and told him my situation until the very last court date where he got me an incredible deal… More than I could have ever hoped for. AJ took on my case and made me feel comfortable right away and never made me promises he couldn’t keep. He guided me and never mislead me even good news or not. Throughout my whole very long ordeal he was so professional, informative, compassionate, and fought so hard to get me what I needed!! Although the battle was rough he never gave up and was willing to do whatever I wanted, take it as far as I wanted to get the outcome I wanted/needed! And I can’t be more thankful. He went to court so many times for me to fight my battle and to get me the best possible outcome and he did!!! The very last court date when it seemed the outcome on everything would be great except for 1 thing my worst fear jail time me having to leave my children and go there (I even had a date picked to check in) he got it over turned and save me from it and for that I am forever grateful. He handles everything with care and compassion. I highly recommend him!! Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!"

"I hired this lawyer to take on my case that didn't look like it was a winning case he won my case for me and I'm a free woman today to be able to speak of it. "

Aaronessa

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:58:26-07:00

Aaronessa

"I hired this lawyer to take on my case that didn't look like it was a winning case he won my case for me and I'm a free woman today to be able to speak of it. "

"We would like to write a review for Ryan Tait as we are extremely pleased with his very professional representation on our family case. Thank for always keeping us informed . We would definitely recommend him as he has all of the necessary knowledge and experience to be an outstanding legal adviser. Thank you for always. "

Heidi

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:59:01-07:00

Heidi

"We would like to write a review for Ryan Tait as we are extremely pleased with his very professional representation on our family case. Thank for always keeping us informed . We would definitely recommend him as he has all of the necessary knowledge and experience to be an outstanding legal adviser. Thank you for always. "

"We were referred to Tait & Hall through friends. We are so happy we chose this legal team to represent my son, as well as, helping us through the process of legal action. Their defense knowledge and experience put us at ease. We worked with Mr. Tait...who was very confident, yet realistic. I plan to refer anyone in the issues we faced to use Tait & Hall."

 

 

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:59:40-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"We were referred to Tait & Hall through friends. We are so happy we chose this legal team to represent my son, as well as, helping us through the process of legal action. Their defense knowledge and experience put us at ease. We worked with Mr. Tait...who was very confident, yet realistic. I plan to refer anyone in the issues we faced to use Tait & Hall."    

"Ryan Tait did an excellent job for our family. Ryan was very cordial and professional. He answered every single phone call of mine and took all the time I needed to talk about our case. Ryan called me exactly when he said he would call and he would have all the information he said he would have for me. We are very satisfied with Mr. Tait and his fine associate Mr. A.J. Hall. The outcome of our case was far better than we expected. We would highly recommend Ryan Tait to anyone who needs a very competent and aggressive attorney."

Frank

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T14:00:16-07:00

Frank

"Ryan Tait did an excellent job for our family. Ryan was very cordial and professional. He answered every single phone call of mine and took all the time I needed to talk about our case. Ryan called me exactly when he said he would call and he would have all the information he said he would have for me. We are very satisfied with Mr. Tait and his fine associate Mr. A.J. Hall. The outcome of our case was far better than we expected. We would highly recommend Ryan Tait to anyone who needs a very competent and aggressive attorney."

My family hired Ryan Tait to fight for my family member. Ryan was very confident in our case. He went over all the pros and cons. He answered all our questions and calls. He knows what he is doing. Ryan has knowledge on both sides as a prosecutor and defense as well. Ryan has a lot of patience. The first attorney want a year in prison and Ryan at the was recommending no prison only time served. When the case was near the end. There was only probation that was going to be offered. Thank you so much Tait and Hall for all your hard work and time including your staff. May God Bless your firm abundantly and always watch over your firm.

C Such

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:11:35-07:00

C Such

My family hired Ryan Tait to fight for my family member. Ryan was very confident in our case. He went over all the pros and cons. He answered all our questions and calls. He knows what he is doing. Ryan has knowledge on both sides as a prosecutor and defense as well. Ryan has a lot of patience. The first attorney want a year in prison and Ryan at the was recommending no prison only time served. When the case was near the end. There was only probation that was going to be offered. Thank you so much Tait and Hall for all your hard work and time including your staff. May God Bless your firm abundantly and always watch over your firm.

Absolutely The Best Lawyers in the Valley, I've used them for multiple things over the years and they always come through. No one in this field is more trustworthy than Ryan and AJ

Nick Knudsen

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:14:28-07:00

Nick Knudsen

Absolutely The Best Lawyers in the Valley, I've used them for multiple things over the years and they always come through. No one in this field is more trustworthy than Ryan and AJ

Ryan is absolutely awesome and professional. He gave me all detailed advice I needed. He is nice and patient. I definitely recommend Ryan and his law firm! Thank you Ryan!

Qian Chen

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:15:50-07:00

Qian Chen

Ryan is absolutely awesome and professional. He gave me all detailed advice I needed. He is nice and patient. I definitely recommend Ryan and his law firm! Thank you Ryan!

I hired Tait & Hall to fight a case for me, and they won my case without me ever having to go to court. I'm happy I hired them, I would highly recommend Tait & Hall.

Angela Agramonte

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:20:43-07:00

Angela Agramonte

I hired Tait & Hall to fight a case for me, and they won my case without me ever having to go to court. I'm happy I hired them, I would highly recommend Tait & Hall.

This morning I met with AJ Hall and I felt very comfortable and confident with the consultation I received. Extremely knowledgeable advice and legal coucel and I highly recommend Tait & Hall and their legal team. Thank you!

Sidney Lang

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:23:31-07:00

Sidney Lang

This morning I met with AJ Hall and I felt very comfortable and confident with the consultation I received. Extremely knowledgeable advice and legal coucel and I highly recommend Tait & Hall and their legal team. Thank you!
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