Houston Theft Attorney
Do you live in Houston, Texas and have been charged with any kind of crime relating to theft? If the answer is “yes,” then pay close attention to the following information.
When someone talks about theft, they are referring to a crime in which a person or persons illegally obtains property that belongs to someone else without first obtaining the consent of the other party. Oftentimes, theft is placed into the same category as robbery, burglary, and shoplifting. However, robbery and burglary technically have different definitions than that of theft.
Throughout the state of Texas, the following incidents are considered to be crimes involving theft:
*Forging someone else’s signature
*Unauthorized and/or unlawful use of a motor vehicle (i.e. joyriding)
*Theft by an employee
*Writing and/or passing bad checks
*Unauthorzed and/or unlawful possession of stolen property
If you find yourself convicted of any crime involving theft, the penalties depend on the severity of the crime. Other factors include the overall value of the merchandise that was illegally acquired.
The following are some of the different penalties that you can face under Texas state law for committing theft in terms of overall value:
*Class C misdemeanor (if the value is less than $50)
*Class B misdemeanor (if the value is between $50 and $500)
*Class A misdemeanor (if the value is between $500 and $1,500)
*State prison felony (if the value is between $1,500 and $20,000)
*Third degree felony (if the value is between $20,000 and $100,000)
*Second degree felony (if the value is between $100,000 and $200,000)
*First degree felony (if the value is more than $200,000)
In addition to value, there are other factors that come into play if you find yourself convicted of a theft crime. The best example of this would be if you were a contracted government employee or a public servant, in which case the penalties handed down would be much more severe. Regardless if it is you or someone you know who has been charged with committing a theft crime, you absolutely need to keep your self protected.
If you are even suspected of having committed a theft crime, law enforcement and prosecutors will do everything within their power to ensure that you face all of the necessary and appropriate consequences – even if you are a first-time offender. This is where the Law Office of Collin Evans comes into play, as our highly skilled and experienced firmÂ will work hard to ensure that every single one of your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process.
If you or someone you know requires legal assistance of any kind in relation to a theft crime, do not hesitate to give the Law Office of Collin Evans a call today in order to receive a 100% free and confidential legal consultation.