Theft Crimes

Have you been accused of or charged with a theft crime, such as shoplifting? If so, you should contact Boren & Mims Law Firm immediately. Getting effective and skilled legal help should be your first priority. A theft crime conviction can have serious repercussions both criminally and socially. You may be facing jail or prison time, hefty fines, restitution, and probation. As far as your professional reputation, you may face the loss of your job or professional license. If convicted of theft, you may find it difficult to finding, housing or obtaining educational aid in the future. You may be forced to live with the stigma of a permanent criminal record.
The quality of your defense can make or break your future. That is why at Boren & Mims Law, we set your future as priorty.

Theft Crimes in Texas
In Texas, the elements of a theft crime under this law include the taking of another person’s property without his or her consent with the intent to permanently deprive him or her of the property.
Theft offenses can have many forms and many different names, such as:
  • Shoplifting
  • Dealing in stolen goods
  • Appropriated property
  • Auto theft or grand theft auto
  • Theft of services
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card theft
  • Larceny
Theft Penalties in Texas
The charges and punishments you will face will depend on the value of the property that was stolen. Charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor all the way up to a first-degree felony.
The breakdown for theft crime charges and penalties is as follows:
  • Theft of property valued $50 or less – Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500
  • Theft of property valued between $50 and $500 – Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000
  • Theft of property valued between $500 and $1,500 – Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $4,000
  • Theft of property valued between $1,500 and $20,000 – state jail felony punishable by 180 days up to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000
  • Theft of property valued between $20,000 and $100,000 – third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
  • Theft of property valued between $100,000 and $200,000 – second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
  • Theft of property valued at $200,000 or more – third-degree felony punishable by five up to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
In addition, appropriating the property of others may result in civil lawsuits such as in the case of shoplifting. Under the Texas Theft Liability Act, you may be sued for damages and penalties by the store owner. Furthermore, repeat offenses may result in enhanced charges.
Grand Larceny Charges in Texas
In Texas, grand larceny refers to the theft of property with a value in excess of $500. There are two areas of grand theft: misdemeanor grand theft and felony grand theft. If the value of the stolen goods was in excess of $500 but $1500 or less, the individuals will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

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