Theft crimes can range from shoplifting and larceny to burglary, robbery, receiving stolen property and white-collar crimes such as fraud or identity theft. Accusations of a theft crime can be embarrassing and you could face other consequences, such as damage to your reputation or even the loss of your job or business – all without being convicted!
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how much is at stake for our clients. A theft conviction can carry some serious penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, restitution payments and beyond. What’s more, it’s common for those convicted of a theft-related crime to suffer major limitations in terms of their career opportunities. Many businesses are hesitant to employ or do business with someone who has questionable integrity.
For these reasons (and many others,) it’s vital that you trust your case to an experienced theft defense lawyer! Founded by an attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience, our Dallas law firm will aggressively defend you and your case.
If you or a loved one have been accused of a theft crime in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Collin County, or another region of Texas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. We’re happy to provide you with a free, fully confidential case consultation session. Just call (972) 422-9999.
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What Are the Types of Theft Crimes in Texas?
Texas law specifies several theft crimes. Some offenses are charged as a misdemeanor, while others are charged as a felony. The different theft crimes include the following:
Shoplifting involves deliberately taking items from a store with the intention of depriving the seller of the full value of the item. This can include switching the price tags on merchandise or placing merchandise in your purse and leaving without paying.
General theft refers to taking an item from another person (using any means) without permission.
Bad checks refer to using a check that is connected to a closed bank account or an account that lacks sufficient funds to cover the purchase. In the latter situation, a bounced check can serve as grounds for criminal prosecution if the individual does not reimburse the merchant within 10 days of receiving notification of the bounced check.
Buying or receiving stolen property refers to purchasing or accepting items from an individual who is not the rightful owner of the item(s) in question.
Burglary refers to the act of unlawfully entering a structure with the intent to commit a felony while inside, including a theft.
Larceny refers to the theft of personal property without force. It’s this lack of force that differentiates larceny from robbery.
Robbery involves the theft of personal property by “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; or intentionally or knowingly threatening or placing another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
Aggravated robbery involves the act of robbery involving serious bodily injury to another person or by using (or brandishing) a deadly weapon. A case of robbery may be considered “aggravated” if the victim was age 65 or older or disabled (physically or mentally.)
What Are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Collin County?
The exact penalty will vary depending upon the actual crime, the circumstances of your case, and your past criminal record, amongst other factors. The amount of money involved or the value of the stolen property is a major consideration when charging this type of crime.
The following is a look at the guidelines for theft crimes in Texas, although it should be noted that a prosecutor and the courts often have some leeway when charging a defendant.
Less than $50 (or less than $20 by check) – Class C misdemeanor with a possible penalty of a fine up to $500.
$50 to $499.99 (or between $20 to $499 by check) – Class B misdemeanor with a possible penalty of up to 180 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
$500 to $1,499.99 – Class A misdemeanor with a possible penalty of up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
$1,500 to $19,999.99 – State jail felony with a possible penalty of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
$20,000 to $99,999.99 – Third-degree felony with a possible penalty of 2 to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
$100,000 to $199,999.99 – Second-degree felony with a possible penalty of 2 to 20 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
$200,000 or more – First-degree felony with a possible penalty of 5 to 99 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Theft involving items such as firearms, copper or aluminum are always a felony, regardless of value or quantity.
Robbery is considered a second-degree felony, with a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Aggravated robbery is regarded as a first-degree felony, with a penalty of five to 99 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
Burglaries are considered state jail felonies, but if the act involves a home, it is upgraded to a second-degree felony which carries a possible penalty of 2 to 20 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Restitution is commonly ordered in theft-related cases so that the victim can be compensated for their losses.
Charges may be upgraded by one level (i.e. a class C misdemeanor may be upgraded in severity to a Class B misdemeanor) for those with a prior theft-related conviction. Class A misdemeanors are upgraded to state jail felonies in cases where the individual has two prior theft convictions.
How can a criminal defense attorney in Plano help my theft case?
A criminal defense attorney with experience in the same types of cases you are facing is your best choice to help defend yourself and will help you receive the best possible outcome.
What are the differences between burglary, robbery, and larceny in Collin County?
Commonly associated with theft, burglary can be committed without a theft happening. In fact, burglary occurs when someone breaks into a property with the intent to commit a crime on the premises. Robbery is when that theft happens, but through the means of physical force, as opposed to larceny (theft) which is the illegal taking of another person’s property. This is dependent on the state in which the crime occurs, as each state’s laws differ.
Can I be charged for receiving stolen property in the state of Texas?
Yes, you can be charged for receiving stolen property whenever you buy, obtain, receive or possess any kind of property that you are aware, or should have been aware, was stolen. If you did not know the property was stolen, it does not count.
Can you give stolen property back to avoid charges in Collin County?
Returning the stolen property does not undo the act of stealing it and charges can still be brought against you. Voluntarily returning stolen property may help you in your defense, but it is not guaranteed.
What are the potential consequences of conviction of theft in Plano?
As with any crime there are serious consequences if convicted, these are including but not limited to; a fine, jail time, and having a criminal record which could affect future employment.
Hire Our Texas Defense Lawyers to Handle Your Theft Crimes Case
Accusations of a theft crime can leave you feeling ashamed, embarrassed and worried about the future. What’s more, theft crimes, in particular, can disqualify you from many future opportunities, such as employment opportunities since many employers will not hire individuals with a record of a theft offense. If you are convicted of a felony, this can also cause problems when seeking to rent a home or even attend college.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we believe in providing each client with a strategic, aggressive defense. We work hard to protect your future and your freedom, serving clients throughout Texas, from Dallas and Fort Worth to Plano and beyond.
Our law firm was founded by Attorney Jeffrey Grass, a lawyer with over two decades of experience. He has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), and he was named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Attorney Grass also maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a theft crime at the state or federal level, contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Arrange a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation today by calling (972) 422-9999.