Theft can occur physically, intellectually, or over the Internet
A theft conviction can bring misdemeanor or felony charges
Theft charges may not be justified against the accused
When someone is arrested for breaking-and-entering, burglary, robbery, grand theft, or other theft related offenses in Texas, it needs to be taken very seriously. If convicted, the consequences could last for a very long time, not to mention the jail or prison time that person will be facing.
There are different levels of theft charges in Texas. A Class C theft is for theft under $50 in value. Class B misdemeanor involves theft valued between $50 and $500 and includes jail time. Class A charges are reserved for theft of over $500 to $1500. Any theft over $1500 is a felony with up to 2 years in jail.
Consequences for theft offenses are not just limited to punishment of jail time or payment of fines. Other requirements that must be fulfilled for Class B or higher theft offences are probation for periods of 2 to 5 years, mandatory attendance of classes, and community service for a determined period of time.
Indirect consequences of theft conviction can last well beyond the jail and probation time completed. Other consequences include difficulties finding a job or starting a career, obtaining state licenses for conducting skill-related work, being denied credit, and the humiliation faced from family and friends.
If you or someone you know is facing theft charges in Texas, it’s important not to take what the district attorney or court-appointed attorney are offering to settle the case. It’s even more important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to evaluate the case. The district attorney might have a weak case against the accused, or the accused might qualify for reduced sentencing options or dismissal of the charges.
LEARN AND UNDERSTAND TEXAS THEFT LAWS BEFORE DECIDING TO ACT