Houston Theft Defense Lawyer
Theft occurs when someone unlawfully takes another person’s property without that person’s consent. Theft also occurs when someone accepts or receives property he or she knows to be stolen.
Types of Theft Crime in Texas
Our Firm defends the following theft crimes:
- Credit Card Abuse
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Employee Theft
- Theft of Service
The Most Common Theft Crimes
- Employee Theft. Our Firm handles a lot of these cases, where our client is charged with stealing from their employer in some capacity. Unfortunately, Harris County has a “policy” against this offense, which typically involves jail time – even for a first time offense – or an extensive straight probation (which leads to a conviction). These plea bargains ultimately lead to convictions and the stigma of being a thief. It is critical to fight this ridiculous “policy” and vigorously defend yourself against this nonsense. Our Firm can help.
- Shoplifting. Shoplifting is the common term for “theft” or sometimes “petty theft”. This crime typically occurs when you steal, or attempt to steal, money or other items from a store, such as Wal-Mart or Best Buy. The State is usually more lenient on shoplifting cases, as opposed to employee theft cases. Still, it’s always important to fight the charges against you due to the significant consequences on your permanent record and future.
Penalties for Theft Crimes
If you are convicted of a theft crime, you may face serious jail or prison time, significant fines, restitution, community service, and a serious mark on your permanent criminal record. More importantly, you may lose your job, be denied financial aid, and have significant trouble finding future employment. The fact is, people don’t like thieves.
In Texas, the amount allegedly stolen determines your range of punishment.
- Class B Misdemeanor: amount between $50 and $500
- Class A Misdemeanor: amount between $500 and $1,500
- State Jail Felony: amount between $1,500 and $20,000
- Third Degree Felony: amount between $20,000 and $100,000
- Second Degree Felony: amount between $100,000 and $200,000
- First Degree Felony: amount greater than $200,000
To protect your future and avoid a disastrous theft conviction, call our Firm today at 281-888-5581.