Theft offenses in Texas carry the potential for severe consequences, even if the amount of the money or property involved in the alleged theft is small.
Theft is considered an intentional “crime of moral turpitude,” and a conviction for a theft offense automatically disqualifies a person for many different types of jobs and careers. Therefore, if you are charged with a theft offense, it is very crucial for you retain a skilled, knowledgable, and experienced criminal defense attorney who will obtain the best outcome for you.
Theft Laws in Texas
Texas law defines theft as the unlawful appropriation of property with the intent to deprive the owner of property. In order to obtain a conviction for a theft offense, the State must prove you intended to steal money or property, as opposed to it being an accident or a misunderstanding.
You can also be charged with theft if you intentionally avoid paying for goods or services you receive.
Range of Punishment
Theft cases can be either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of the amount of property involved. For example, theft is a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property taken is less than $100.00. However, theft becomes a felony offense if the value of the property taken is $2,500.00 or more.
How is a Theft Charge Usually Resolved?
I have defended many individuals accused of theft in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County, and Denton County. In each theft case, I conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and the evidence to determine if the State can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the property was taken intentionally (as opposed to being taken by accident), and whether the actual value of the property is less than the amount being alleged.
Based on my thorough investigation, I am usually able to aggressively negotiate a favorable resolution of your case with the prosecutor.
Every theft case I have handled ultimately has resulted in a reduction and/or dismissal of the charge.
If you are facing a theft charge in Texas, contact me today so I can discuss the facts of your case with you, answer any questions you have, and explain to you the tactical strategies I can use to achieve the best outcome possible in your case.