Theft and Shoplifting laws in Tennessee allow for the same act to be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor and are considered “crimes of dishonesty”. In addition to potential jail time, fines and other penalties associated with a conviction, it will most likely cost you a current or future job. Do not plead guilty to any “crime of dishonesty” before consulting with an experienced criminal attorney.


Theft and Shoplifting Criminal Classifications

Theft under $500 – Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months, 29 days in jail

Theft ($500 – $999) Class E Felony

Theft ($1,000 – $10,000) Class D Felony

Theft ($10,000 – $60,000) Class C Felony

Theft (Over $60,000) Class B Felony

More Information on Tennessee Theft and Shoplifting Laws:

Tennessee Felony Sentencing Guidelines