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Maybe you were pulled over for a busted tail light, and when the officer looked in your car he saw a stack of $20s. Or maybe you were transporting stereos for a buddy that turned out to be stolen, and you had no idea. Or perhaps it all really is just a misunderstanding -- you had every intention of returning your friend's tennis racket, and you just forgot. Whatever the reason, the following information will help you learn the potential penalties for your Texas theft charges.
According to Texas Penal Code, Title 7, Sec. 31.03, theft includes many different types of offenses, from shoplifting clothing to stealing a car. The only requirement for an offense to be theft is that it involves knowingly taking someone else's property without permission. You don’t have to keep the property for a long time, or at all, in order to commit theft. The punishment for theft varies according to the total value of items stolen.
Punishments for Theft:
Read the full Texas Code for more information.
Traditionally, defense attorneys will poke holes in the prosecutor's arguments that you knew the item you took belonged to someone else. In Texas, there is an added component to the defense strategy: as you can see, the penalties for theft in Texas are entirely dependent on what it is you are charged with having stolen. An attorney with experience fighting Texas criminal charges will know how to argue the value of any items you allegedly stole, in an effort to reduce both the jail time and any fines you might face.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified criminal charge lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local criminal charge attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.