Theft Cases

Austin Theft Lawyer

If you are arrested or charged with an offense involving a misdemeanor or felony theft, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney immediately. The Law Office of Diana E. Buss handle cases such as theft by check and misdemeanor or felony thefts to more serious crimes such as burglary, robbery, and credit card fraud.

Definition of Theft in Texas

Theft is the unlawfully taking of property or a service with the intent to deprive the owner. Depending upon the value of the item(s) or services stolen, punishment can be a fine of not more than $500 or as severe as up to 20 years in prison with a $10,000 fine. Shoplifting in Texas

Under Texas law, a person is guilty of shoplifting if they unlawfully take property from a commercial enterprise without intending to pay the owner. Shoplifting is a form of theft, meaning the classification either a misdemeanor or felony and punishment will depend upon the value of the property stolen.

You will be found guilty of a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property is less than $50. You may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $500.

You will be found guilty of a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property is less than $50. You may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $500.

You will be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property is $50 or more but less than $500. You may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,000 and sentenced to up to six months in jail.

You will be found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the stolen property is $500 or more but less than $1,500. You may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $4,000 and sentenced to up to one year in jail.

You will be found guilty of a state felony if the value of the stolen property is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. You may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Consequences of a Theft Conviction

Theft is a crime of moral turpitude because it is an act of dishonesty. As a result, prospective employers often disregard job applications from those with a criminal record – especially those with a theft conviction.
Further, theft is an enhanceable offense, meaning if you are charged with a theft for the third time, it is automatically enhanced to a felony.

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If you have been arrested and charged with theft, don't panic. Before you speak with anyone be certain to speak with an experienced attorney who can explain your rights and your options.

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