Waco Theft Lawyer
Any type of theft crime is a serious matter in Texas. Aside from the criminal penalties associated with theft, a conviction will leave you with a permanent criminal record of a crime that stigmatizes you as dishonest and untrustworthy. That can be enough to make it difficult to hold on to your current job or find future employment as well as housing.
A theft conviction may make you ineligible for a professional license in your career of choice as well. These collateral consequences are as negatively impactful as serving jail or prison time, owing heavy fines, being placed on lengthy probation, or being required to provide restitution to alleged victims.
At the Law Office of Kyle C. King, we understand how criminal convictions can severely impact your life and future. We also know that people can be overcharged in criminal cases leading to serious penalties as well as being convicted for crimes they did not commit. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, our firm is here to ensure that you have a worthy and effective defense. We tenaciously defend your Constitutional rights and see to it that the criminal process is conducted fairly so that you have the best chance of an optimum outcome.
Under Texas Penal Code Section 31, theft in Texas consists of taking the property of someone else without their permission and with the intent to deprive them of it. This can involve many scenarios, from embezzling money from your employer to shoplifting items at a retail store to stealing someone’s vehicle. It can also include stealing services, such as leaving a restaurant without paying, stealing documents, such as the title to someone’s home, or writing bogus checks.
How you are charged in any theft crime generally depends on the value of what was taken. These crimes can range from minor Class C misdemeanors punished by a fine only up to first-degree felonies that involve stealing property or services valued at $300,000 or more.
Arrested on theft charges? Contact the Law Office of Kyle C. King to schedule a free initial consultation with our Waco theft attorney by calling (254) 332-1414. Hablamos español.
The breakdown of how theft is charged is as follows:
- Class C misdemeanor: the value of what was stolen is less than $100, punishable by a fine of up to $500
- Class B misdemeanor: the value of what was stolen ranges between $100 to $749 punishable by 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000
- Class A misdemeanor: the value of what was stolen ranges between $750 to $2,499 punishable by jail time of up to a year and/or a fine of up to $4,000
- State jail felony: the value of what was stolen ranges between $2,500 to $29,999 punishable by 180 days up to two years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- Third-degree felony: the value of what was stolen ranges between $30,000 to $149,999 punishable by two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- Second-degree felony: the value of what was stolen ranges between $150,000 to $299,999 punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- First-degree felony: the value of what was stolen was $300,000 or more punishable by five up to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
Theft of certain items, such as someone’s driver’s license, a firearm, an election ballot, controlled substances, or the contents of an ATM, carries their own specific penalties. Penalties for any theft crime can also be enhanced when the offense involved certain persons or agencies, such as the elderly, public servants, government contractors, and more.
Being charged with any type of theft, whether it involves embezzlement, writing bad checks, using another’s identity, or shoplifting items from a retail outlet, calls for the services of a dedicated and experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Kyle C. King, you can depend on a firm that has been defending Texans since 2010 with successful results.