Theft and burglary charges often range from minor misdemeanor charges to severe felonies throughout the state of Texas. If you have been arrested on charges of theft or burglary, you need the assistance of an experienced Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth criminal defense attorney who can help you in analyzing your case. Bobbitt Law theft attorneys serve the Dallas Fort Worth area as well as Tarrant County, including Arlington and Irving, Texas. Theft and burglary charges can quickly become heightened with the presence of a prior conviction on your criminal record or facts outside of the case, such as the presence of a deadly weapon. A Bobbitt Law theft defense attorney can advise you on how to best proceed with your case. If you have been charged with theft or know someone who has in the Dallas or Fort Worth, Austin or Tarrant County areas, including Arlington and Irving, call one our theft lawyers now to begin working on your/their case.
What is Theft?
The Texas Penal Code describes theft offenses as occurring when a person unlawfully acquires property with the intent to deprive the true owner of the property. Theft offenses in Texas include the following:
- Identity Theft
This is not an exclusive list, and you may be charged with a theft offense in a number of different circumstances. Theft crimes such as embezzlement refer to more “white collar crimes” which are non-violent crimes typically of a financial nature, which can have severe penalties similar to robbery or shoplifting. If you have been arrested with theft or one of your loved ones has in the Dallas or Fort Worth, Austin or Tarrant County areas, including Arlington and Irving, call us now and we will get a theft defense lawyer to start on your case now.
Penalties for Theft
Theft crimes range in terms of severity based on the type of theft committed. If the value of the property stolen is under $50, the offense will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine. If the value was between $50 and $500, the offense will be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a fine up to $2,000. If the value of the property was between $500 and $1,500, the offense will be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine up to $4,000.
The offense will become a felony charge once the value of the property exceeds $1,500. If the property stolen costs between $1,500 and $20,000, the offense will be a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days to 2 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. If the value of the property is greater than $20,000, the offense will be a third degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the value of the property is greater than $100,000, the offense will be a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. If the value of the property is greater than $200,000, the offense will be a first degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
What is Burglary?
Burglary is defined in the Texas Penal Code as an offense which occurs when a person, without the consent of the property owner, enters a residence or public building with the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault.
Penalties for Burglary
Burglary has different penalty ranges depending on the facts of the case. If the burglary occurred in a public business, the offense is classified as a state jail felony, punishable by up to 2 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. If the burglary occurs in a private residence, the offense will be classified as a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The offense is further upgraded to a first degree felony if the burglary occurred in a private residence and a party to the offense entered the residence with the intent to commit another felony.
Contact a Dallas, Austin or Fort Worth Theft Attorney
If you have been charged with a criminal offense of either theft or burglary, do not hesitate to contact am experienced Bobbitt Law theft attorney in Dallas, Fort Worth or Tarrant County including Arlington and Irving. Regardless of how minor or severe the crime may appear. Minor crimes often lead to harsh penalties as well, especially if you have a prior record or want to reach a career goal. The attorneys of the Bobbitt Law Firm have years of experience in handling theft and burglary cases and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the necessary legal counsel to protect your rights and interests. The Dallas theft attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC are here to help.
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