Theft crimes are covered under the Texas Penal Code Title 7 Chapter 31. Under this law, theft is defined as unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of the property. This is done without “the owner’s effective consent.” It can also be done by appropriating the property “knowing it was stolen by another.” Property can include real property as well as tangible or intangible personal property, documents that represent anything of value as well as money. Services can also be stolen, such as labor or professional services, restaurant, lodging, or entertainment services, public utilities services, and telecommunication services.
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A theft conviction not only involves fines and imprisonment but may also lead to mandatory restitution to alleged victims or civil lawsuits by retailers. When convicted, you will also have a permanent criminal record that can hinder future opportunities, such as for employment, housing, educational advancement, and professional licenses. It is essential that you put your case into the hands of an attorney who fully understands the law and how to build effective defenses for optimum results.
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Theft crimes in Texas can include the following:
- Shoplifting. This is based on the value of the merchandise stolen.
- Organized retail theft. This is based on two or more individuals shoplifting in a coordinated manner and the value of the goods stolen.
- Class C misdemeanor theft of property or services valued less than $100. Penalties include a fine of up to $500.
- Class B misdemeanor theft of property or services valued between $100 up to $749. It also includes the theft of a driver’s license or other ID card. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,000 and/or 180 days in jail.
- Class A misdemeanor theft of property or services valued between $750 up to $2,499. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 and up to a year in jail.
- State jail felony theft of property or services valued at $2,500 up to $29,999. It also includes the theft of a firearm or an election ballot as well property taken directly from another person, as in a mugging. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence of 180 days up to two years.
- Third-degree felony theft of stolen property or services valued at $30,000 up to $149,999. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and prison time of two to 10 years.
- Second-degree felony theft of stolen property or services worth $150,000 up to $299,999. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and prison time of two to 20 years.
- First-degree felony theft of stole property or services worth $300,000 or more. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison time of five up to 99 years.
Charges and penalties are increased in cases involving certain circumstances, such as a property owner aged 65 or older, property controlled by a public servant, Medicare provider, or contracted government agent.
Common theft crimes can take the form of auto theft, burglary, robbery, passing back checks, identity theft, embezzlement, and extortion.