What exactly is theft, you might ask? According to the Texas Penal code theft is basically defined as taking someone’s property without their permission. Property is defined as anything of value, including money or services. Theft charges are quite detrimental to your future. It is considered a crime of moral turpitude and a conviction for a crime of that status will haunt you for the rest of your life. It’s not a game! your reputation is at stake. contact an experienced theft crime lawyer as soon as possible.
Theft charges in Texas range widely, from class C misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. It’s all dependent upon the value of goods stolen. Take a look at the punishment or fines you may be facing.
Let’s take a closer look at a class C misdemeanor for a second. Suppose you get caught stealing at some supermarket somewhere. It’s $5 in value, so you’re charged with a class C misdemeanor. You’re thinking to yourself, “Why would I get a lawyer? they’re already offering a measly fine of $500, it’s only going to cost more for an attorney”, well you’re right. It will cost you more to clear your name, but it’s well worth it. Texas is now enhancing thefts if the defendant has any prior conviction. If you have two prior convictions, you didn’t learn your lesson the first time or second time and you get a third one. Even if all three are class C, your charge will be enhanced to a state jail felony with up to 2 years in prison.
Burglary comes in a few different forms, it’s all dependent upon the situation at hand, where the crime took place and who it took place against. Burglary is defined as entering a building, habitation (place where people live), remaining hidden in said building with the intent to commit or actually commit a theft, assault, or felony. Generally speaking, there are three types of burglary