Theft is the intent to permanently deprive the property of another person. The nature of the crime and the value of the items taken will be the horse that drives the cart so to speak when it comes to which specific theft crime you are arrested for. Theft cases can have a lot of moving parts… follow this link for a simple breakdown of theft cases and defenses.
Theft between $50 and $1,500 will be misdemeanors. Theft under $50 is a Class C Misdemeanor with no jail time. However, you should never just plead guilty to ANY theft crime – EVER. Thefts totaling $1,500 and above will range from a State Jail Felony up to a First Degree Felony. Examples of Theft Crimes in Texas include:
- Employee theft
- Fraud and forgery
- Possession of stolen property
- Theft by check
Depending on the facts of the crime and the value of items stolen, punishment can potentially include jail time, probation, community service, and restitution. In addition, theft crimes are considered crimes of “moral turpitude” which can affect future employment opportunities. Employers may also view you as dishonest and refuse to hire you after a background check. Even if you have some blemishes on your record, your record may be sealed if you meet certain requirements.
Whether you have a criminal case involving shoplifting or grand theft, I’d be more than happy to talk to you about your case. Give my office a call and we can start working on your defense and get this put behind you.