Theft Crime Attorney in Rockwall
Theft, as defined under the Texas Penal Code, is the taking of another individual's property or assets without obtaining his or her permission. The crime of theft is often committed through deceptive practices. As a broad term, theft can include various crimes, including:
- Passing bad checks
- Dealing in stolen property
- Identity theft
Penalties for Theft Crimes in Texas
Under Texas law, crimes of theft are categorized as "crimes of moral turpitude." Convictions can result in serious life-changing consequences, especially when theft is committed on a federal level. If convicted, you can be terminated from your employment or denied housing. Penalties for theft are dependent on the value of the property that has been allegedly stolen.
Convictions for a first-degree felony of theft can result in 5 years to a life sentence in prison with a fine of up to $10,000. Class C misdemeanors are typically charged if the stolen property is valued at less than $50. You can also expect civil penalties, such as restitution under the Texas Theft Liability Act. Civil suits are often used in shoplifting case to further punish the perpetrator.
Legal Guidance After an Arrest
Regardless of the circumstances, you will want to take action to aggressively fight the allegations against you. At the Law Offices of Estrada & Estrada, I am devoted to providing you with the defense you need. I am Attorney Alton Estrada and I have more than a decade of experience fighting for the rights of my clients. During a free case evaluation, I can discuss the various elements of your situation. From that point on, I can begin building a specific defense strategy with a thorough investigation of your case. Contact my firm today to discuss your options for defense after a theft crime offense.