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Aggressively Defending Against All Types of Theft Charges in Texas

The general definition of theft is taking someone else’s property or services without consent. In Texas, theft is covered under Section 31.03 of the Penal Code, which makes various conduct unlawful.

Being convicted of theft can have many consequences. In the worst cases, a conviction can brand you as a convicted felon, which can make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, professional licenses, and more. It can also have consequences for immigration status since it can be considered a crime of “moral turpitude.”

Due to the serious consequences attached to most theft crimes, it is vital that you seek representation from a tough defender. At LaHood Norton Law Group, our team includes former prosecutors as well as two attorneys who are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. With our top-level training and 70+ years of combined experience, we have earned a reputation for getting results both in and out of the courtroom.

Contact our San Antonio theft defense attorneys at (210) 801-9400 for a free and confidential consultation.

Different Types of Theft in Texas

The broad term “theft” encompasses various kinds of conduct involving unlawfully appropriating another person’s or entity’s property.

Texas Penal Code 31.03 concerns the following theft offenses:

  • Shoplifting: This occurs when someone takes merchandise from a retail store.
  • Check fraud: A person commits this crime when they present a check to pay for goods or services knowing that they don’t have the funds available in the account to cover the costs.
  • Receiving stolen property: This involves a person accepting property that they know was stolen by another.
  • Theft of services: With this offense, instead of a person taking someone else’s tangible property, they accept the performance of services without intending to pay for them.
  • Embezzlement: This offense is committed when a person is entrusted with assets, but rather than using them for their intended purposes, the individual takes them for personal gain.

Whatever offense you’ve been accused of, our San Antonio theft defense lawyers are ready to fight your charge and seek the best possible result in your case.

Texas Theft Penalties

The punishments for theft are tied to the type and value of the stolen item. Some offenses can result in only a fine, while others may lead to incarceration on top of a monetary sanction.

The penalties for theft in Texas include the following:

  • Class C misdemeanor: $500 fine

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at less than $100
  • Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in jail and/or up to $2,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $100 or more but less than $750
    • Valued at less than $100 and the alleged offender has a previous theft conviction
    • A driver’s license or ID card
  • Class A misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $4,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $750 or more but less than $2,500
  • State jail felony: Up to 2 years in state jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000
    • Stolen directly from a person, a corpse, or a grave
    • A firearm
    • Valued at less than $2,500 and the alleged offender has 2 or more prior theft convictions
    • An official ballot or election envelope
    • Valued at less than $20,000 and is a specific metal
  • Third-degree felony: Up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $30,000 or more but less than $150,000
    • Livestock
    • A controlled substance worth less than $150,000 and taken from a specific commercial building or vehicle
  • Second-degree felony: Up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $150,000 or more but less than $300,000
    • Values at less than $300,000 and is an ATM or its contents
  • First-degree felony: Up to 99 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines

Charged when the property is:

    • Valued at $300,000 or more

For anything other than a first-degree felony, in certain situations, the penalties imposed can increase to the next higher category of charge. For instance, a third-degree felony can become a second-degree felony.

The circumstances in which enhanced punishments can be levied include when:

  • The alleged offender was a public servant and they took property obtained as part of their position
  • The alleged offender was a government contractor and they took property that was part of the project
  • The property owner was an elderly individual or non-profit organization
  • The alleged offender was a Medicare provider with a federal government contract and they took property obtained through that relationship
  • The alleged offender did any of the following when committing the crime:
    • Set off or activated a fire alarm
    • Deactivated a fire alarm or theft detection system
    • Used shielding to prevent activation of a theft detection system

What Is Considered Felony Theft in Texas?

In Texas, theft is either a misdemeanor or felony. The level of charge depends on the value of the item involved in the offense. Theft becomes a felony when the property is worth $2,500 or more. In that situation, it’s a state jail felony. As the amount of the item increases, so too does the degree of felony.

How Long Does Theft Stay on Your Record in Texas?

A theft conviction will stay on your record permanently. Texas does offer orders of nondisclosure, which would prohibit public access to such information. However, certain eligibility criteria apply. Thus, your case must meet specific requirements, and your record won’t be cleared entirely; just kept from public view.

Seek Reliable Representation for Your Theft Case

Your priority in any criminal investigation or charge should be to retain the services of a law firm you can count on. LaHood Norton Law Group has earned the trust of countless clients in its many years of practice through outstanding legal ability, a strong track record of success, and dedication to service.

Contact our San Antonio theft defense lawyers at (210) 801-9400 for the legal protections you need today.

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