When Facing Allegations of Theft
According to Texas state penal code, when an individual “unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of the property,” he or she has committed an act of theft. Convictions of theft carry serious consequences that may include jail time and/or fines. Additionally, depending on the value of the property that was allegedly taken during a theft, convicted individuals may face the very serious, long-term professional consequences of being a felon. As such, it is often critical for individuals charged with theft to retain experienced legal representation for either eliminating charges altogether or, when unavoidable, reducing the charges leveled against them.
Possible Misdemeanor Theft Convictions
Allegations of theft may include a wide variety of acts including shoplifting, extortion, embezzlement, or receiving stolen property to name a few. As such, there are a wide variety of sentences that may be given upon conviction. The following are possible misdemeanor charges and their requirements that an individual may face:
- Class C misdemeanor: Stealing property worth less $20 or less – $500 fine
- Class B misdemeanor: Stealing property worth $20- $500 – 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
- Class A misdemeanor: Stealing property worth $500- $1,500 – 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine
Although misdemeanors, these charges can be absolutely detrimental to one’s entire professional and personal life. Thus, an individual facing such charges would likely benefit from the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Contact a Houston Theft Lawyer Today
Our Houston-based legal team understands how frightening allegations of theft can be, and we have experience aggressively defending accusations leveled against the reputations of individuals in a variety of circumstances. To discuss the particulars of your case with a member of our team today, please call (713) 337-1420.