Theft Lawyer Fighting Against Your Charges
Theft is the crime of unlawfully taking property with the intent to deprive the owner of that particular property. This offense is described in Texas Penal Code §31.03. Theft is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of different crimes.
Typically, theft is penalized based on the value of the property stolen and the manner in which is it was stolen. If an individual has a gun or another deadly weapon and uses or threatens to use this weapon during the offense, the accused person can be subject to harsher penalties if convicted.
How Texas Classifies Theft Crimes
In the state of Texas, theft crimes are classified from a Class C misdemeanor all the way up to a first-degree felony. No specific “types” of theft crimes are listed in the Texas Penal Code.
Instead, the code determines that individuals who steal items of a particular value will be prosecuted according to the charge that is affiliated with that value. For example, Class C misdemeanor charges are reserved for theft offenses in which the stolen items are valued at less than $50. First-degree felony charges are reserved for theft crimes in which the value of the property is worth more than $200,000.
Defenses Against Theft Crime Charges
I want to help fight the theft crime charges filed against you. A variety of different defenses can be useful in theft crime cases.
Examples of potential defenses include:
- Lack of intention
- Proof of purchase
- Mistaken identity
- Framed by another theft offender
- Permission from another to take and / or use the item
Together, we can talk about your case and decide which approach is best. I will customize a defense specifically for you and will do all that I can to vigorously fight for you in the courtroom. Contact the Law Office of Wesley W. Desmond today to get a Collin County criminal defense lawyer who truly cares, on your side.