Theft Crimes

Houston Theft Defense Attorneys

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If you have been accused of a theft crime in the Houston area, your future may be at stake. Having a theft conviction on your criminal record can make it difficult, or sometimes even impossible, to find suitable housing or employment. This is due in large part to the fact that theft is regarded as a crime of dishonesty, and landlords, employers and others are typically wary of trusting someone with such a background. In addition to the social stigma of a theft conviction, you can be subjected to harsh criminal penalties.

Penalties for Theft in Texas

The sentence you could receive if convicted of theft depends on several factors. To begin with, the charges will be based on the value of the property that you are accused of stealing:

  • If it is less than $50, such as in many cases of shoplifting, the crime is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine
  • If the property is valued at up to $500, it is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
  • For thefts of up to $1,500, the charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to $4,000 in fines and up to a year in jail
  • Theft of up to $20,000 in stolen goods or certain specific items such as a firearm is a state jail felony, punishable by between 180 days and 2 years in jail, as well as a fine of up to $10,000
  • Theft of up to $100,000 is a felony of the third degree, which carries a maximum sentence of $10,000 in fines and between 2 and 10 years in prison
  • If the property is valued at up to $200,000, the crime is charged as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Theft of $200,000 or more in stolen goods is a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life

Other factors will influence the charges in a theft crime case. For example, if you are accused of using force or threats of force to deprive another person of property, you can be charged with the felony of robbery, while if you are accused of unlawfully entering a dwelling or other building in order to commit the theft, you can be charged with burglary.

Arrested for theft? Our Houston Criminal Lawyers can Protect Your Rights

As early as possible after you have been arrested or discover that you are under investigation for theft, contact Guerra & Farah, PLLC for a free case evaluation with an attorney from our criminal defense team. Our lawyers in Houston have three decades of experience, and we approach every case we represent as though it will be going all the way to a full jury trial.

With careful preparation, we may be able to clear your name, such as by demonstrating that you reasonably believed that you had a right to take the property or that you have been falsely accused, or even by making it impossible for the prosecutor to prove that you were present at the scene of the crime. You are legally considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt - let us fight to ensure that you receive fair treatment under law and are not subjected to harsh penalties. Contact our Houston theft lawyers at Guerra & Farah, PLLC today to discuss your defense options!

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