Many crimes fall under the category of theft, including theft by check, theft of services, forgery, fraud, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Theft is considered a crime of “moral turpitude” and, if convicted, can prevent you from finding a job, renting an apartment, obtaining citizenship, etc.

The severity of your theft charge depends on the value of the property stolen and whether you have any prior convictions for theft. For instance, under Texas theft statutes, you may be charged with:

• First degree felony if the value of the property is over $200,000
• Second degree felony if the value of the property is between $100,000 and $200,000
• Third degree felony if the value of the property is between $20,000 and $100,000
• State jail felony if the value of the property is between $1,500 and $20,000 or if the property stolen is a firearm, regardless of value. Finally, you may be charged with a state jail felony even if the value of the property is under $1,500 if you have two or more previous convictions for theft.
• Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is $500 or more but less than $1,500
• Class B misdemeanor if the value of the property is $50 or more but less than $500, or if the property is under $50, but you have been previously convicted for theft.
• Class C misdemeanor if the property stolen is less than $50.

Please contact my office to discuss the facts of your theft case.