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Theft of Property
Texas Penal Code § 31.03 - THEFT PROP
Theft Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio, Texas
Theft of property is a serious offense in the state of Texas. Theft is defined as intentionally taking someone else’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of its value or use. Theft offenses in Texas are taken very seriously, so it's important for individuals to understand what constitutes an offense, possible defenses against charges, and punishments for committing a theft crime.
In order for an individual to be convicted of theft under Texas law, certain elements must be present. These include knowingly depriving another person of property without their permission; acting with the intent to unlawfully take personal or real property; or taking tangible or intangible personal property without the owner's permission. Theft of services, such as cable television, is also considered a theft offense in Texas.
Defenses to Theft in Texas
Although a theft offense may appear straightforward, there are many possible defenses that one could use to avoid conviction. For example, if the offense was committed in an emergency situation where another individual’s safety or property was at risk, this can be used as a defense. Additionally, mistakes made by law enforcement officers when gathering evidence may be considered grounds for dismissal of charges. Furthermore, if an individual is charged with Theft but believes they had permission from the owner to take the property in question or otherwise did not act with criminal intent, this too could present a possible defense against conviction.
Punishments for Theft in Texas
The punishments for Theft of Property depend on the value and type of property stolen. Theft is typically charged as a misdemeanor, but those convicted may face jail time up to one year in addition to fines. Theft of property valued at more than $2,500 is considered a felony offense and can carry stiffer penalties such as lengthy prison sentences, high restitution payments and extensive court supervision. Theft of certain items such as firearms or livestock may also be classified as felonies despite their lower value. Theft convictions can also have long-term consequences such as difficulty obtaining employment or housing due to a criminal record.
Texas uses what they call the "value ladder" to determine the degree of offense for Theft and other crimes in Texas. The following shows the level of offense based on the value of the loss:
Class C Misdemeanor - Under $100
Class B Misdemeanor - $100 or more, but less than $750
Class A Misdemeanor - $750 or more, but les than $2,500
State Jail Felony - $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000
Third-Degree Felony - $30,000 or more, but less than $150,000
Second-Degree Felony - $150,000 or more, but less than $300,000
First-Degree Felony - More than $300,000