Theft in Texas
Under Texas law, theft crimes range from Class C misdemeanor offenses to first-degree felony offenses, depending on the property's value. Penalties typically include costly fines and jail or prison time for some higher-level crimes.
Whether or not theft is a felony or misdemeanor in Texas depends primarily on the amount in controversy. If the amount is greater than $2,500, the offense is a felony. A misdemeanor theft case can also be enhanced to a felony theft charge if the person accused has two or more prior theft convictions.
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