Committing theft under Texas law means the individual took something that doesn’t belong to him or her, without consent or legal justification to do so. Texas classifies its theft offenses according to the value of the stolen property or services. A theft crime defense attorney from The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC can help represent those facing these charges and build a strong defense to help you to get the best possible outcome for this type of case.
Classes of Theft
In relation to a class C misdemeanor theft, this type of theft is noted if the value of the property or services stolen is less than $100. The punishment in this case is a fine up to $500. A class B misdemeanor theft is if the value of the property or services stolen is $100 or more, but less than $750 or if the property stolen was an identification card or a driver’s license. In these cases, a fine of no more than $2,000 and/or a sentence of up to 180 days in jail may ensue.
A class A misdemeanor theft is if the value of the property or services is $750 or more but less than $2,500. For the punishment, a possible sentence of confinement in jail for no more than a year and/or a fine of up to $4,000. A state jail felony theft is if the value of the property or services is $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000, or if the property is a certain livestock or firearm. The punishment for a state jail felony in Texas is incarceration ranging from 180 days to two years in the state jail, and a fine of no more than $10,000.
Third-degree felony theft is if the value of the property or services stolen is $30,000 or more, but less than $150,000. Punishment for this crime can be two to 10 years in prison and fines of no more than $10,000. Second-degree felony theft is for $150,000, but no more than $300,000 with two to 20 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. A first-degree felony theft is for $300,000 or more stolen property in value, and five to 99 years of imprisonment and fines of no more than $10,000 are expected if convicted of this category of crime.
If someone has a prior conviction for theft, the State can elect to “enhance” the penalty range. If someone has two or more prior convictions, any theft will become a state jail felony despite the value of the theft in that case.
Call to Schedule a Legal Consultation with a Theft Crime Charges Defense Attorney in Austin, Texas Today
If you or a loved one are facing a theft charge, it’s important to call and schedule a legal consultation with an experienced Texas defense attorney as soon as possible. The law is very clear on the categories of the crimes, but it may be confusing as to where you fit into the system, and what will be the expected punishment for your alleged criminal action. James Gill has countless years of experience defending those facing these criminal charges in Texas. Call today to schedule a legal consultation at 512-448-4560. The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC serves all of Austin, Westlake, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, and the surrounding TX communities.