Theft Offenses

Theft Offenses & The State of Texas

In Texas, theft is generally defined as the taking of another person’s property without their permission. The spirit of the law is aimed at protecting the value, valuables and property of Texans from extraction by means of deception or force.

Thus, if convicted of a theft offense in Houston (State of Texas), the severity of the penalty is largely determined by the value of the property or properties stolen or that were subject to the theft action.

Theft: A Crime of Moral Turpitude

A person facing any form of theft related criminal charge runs the risk of having the record of the arrest, and the offense if convicted, follow them for the rest of their life. Even in today’s society thievery is highly frowned upon. If you’re suspected of being a thief, or if a person in a position to make a major decision regarding you has a disdain for thieves or used your criminal record as the basis of prejudice, things may not work out your way.

When a person is accused of theft it implies they have a low moral character. Such an implication can be detrimental when looking for work, pursuing potential advancements in a current career, and even when attempting to enroll at institutions of higher learning or for government service.

If a loved one or yourself are dealing with a theft charge in Harris County, TX, Board Certified® criminal law attorney Mark W. Bennett may be able to help you. If you have questions, we encourage you to contact our office by calling us at 713-224-1747.

Penalties for Misdemeanor Theft

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C Misdemeanor is the criminal classification for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was less than $100.00. If convicted in the Harris County Court, the conviction isn’t jailable, but does carry a fine of up to $500.00.

Class B Misdemeanor

Class B Misdemeanor is the criminal classification for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was more than $100.00, but less than $750.00. If convicted of the offense, the criminal penalty includes a potential Harris County jail sentence of up to 180 days and a fine of up to $2000.00.

Class A Misdemeanor

Class A Misdemeanor is the criminal classification for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was more than $750.00, but less than $2,500.00. If convicted of the offense, the criminal penalty includes a potential Harris County jail sentence of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $4,000.00.

Enhancement to felony classification may occur if there are aggravating factors, or in the case of habitual offenders.

Penalties for Felony Theft

State Jail Felony

State Jail Felony is the criminal classification for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was more than $2,500.00, but less than $30,000.00. If convicted of the offense, the criminal penalty includes a potential Texas state jail sentence of up to 2 years and a fine of up to $10,000.00.

3rd Degree Felony

3rd Degree Felony is the criminal classification for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was more than $30,000.00, but less than $150,000.00. If convicted of the offense, the criminal penalty includes a potential TDCJ sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.00.

1st & 2nd Degree Felony

1st & 2nd Degree Felony criminal classification is reserved for thefts in which the value of the item(s) was more than $150,000.00 (Second Degree Felony) or more than $300,000 (First Degree Felony). If convicted of the offense, the criminal penalty includes a potential TDCJ sentence of up to 20 years in prison for a Second Degree Felony, and up to life in prison for a First Degree Felony.

Houston criminal-defense attorney Mark W. Bennett is among the best qualified lawyers in Houston for theft related cases. As a criminal-defense lawyer since 1995, Mark has earned a reputation as being one of the brighter minds of the Texas criminal-defense bar. Whether you’re facing a Houston shoplifting charge, or if you’re facing a serious charge for armed robbery, our legal team can help you. If you’re serious about fighting the theft allegation, keeping your record clear, and working towards a solution for your case, contact Attorney Mark Bennett at 713-224-1747.

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