The Texas penal code defines theft as the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession. There are a variety of different convictions and charges depending on the type of theft committed.
Common Types of Theft:
Auto Theft – The unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, without the owner’s consent.
Bouncing Checks – Intentionally using bad checks to pay for items.
Burglary– Theft combined with the unlawful entry of a habitation, building, or vehicle.
Embezzlement – The covert theft of an employer’s money or property by an employee who has been trusted to manage or monitor the money or property.
General Theft – Taking another person’s property without their permission.
Identity Theft – Wrongfully obtaining another person’s personal data, with the intention of using it to your gain.
Receiving Stolen Property – Buying or accepting items which you know to be stolen.
Robbery– Theft combined with bodily injury inflicted upon the victim.
Shoplifting – Deliberately taking items out of a store, with the intention of not paying for them.
In some states, felony theft is designated as grand theft and misdemeanor theft is designated as petty theft. Texas does not make that distinction and labels all such crimes as just theft.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Theft
The punishment for a theft crime varies, but usually depends of the value of the property stolen. Even the theft of seemingly inexpensive items can lead to large fines and/or jail time, but the greatest penalty of a theft is being stuck with a theft charge on your permanent record.
If controlled substances valued at less than $150,000 are stolen from a building or vehicle where controlled substances are commonly stored or transported, the punishment is increased to a third degree felony.
Why You Need A Good Theft Lawyer
A quality lawyer works to have charges reduced or dismissed. There are many options available to you besides a long jail term. If you have been accused of petty theft or grand theft in the Fort Worth area, call the Sparks Law Firm at 817-334-0300 for a free consultation.
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.