Austin Theft Defense Attorney
What Are the Penalties for a Theft Crime in Texas?
Being charged with any type of theft can have major repercussions for your future. Aside from the criminal penalties of incarceration, fines, and probation, social penalties can follow. Because theft is an issue related to honesty and trust, a conviction on your record can hamper your ability to find future employment or housing. It is critical, therefore, to take action by retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in this situation.
Theft crimes are categorized and charged according to the value of the goods or services stolen:
- The least serious is a Class C misdemeanor that entails stealing items valued less than $100. An example of this would be shoplifting. The penalty is a fine of $500 with no jail time.
- Theft is elevated to a state jail felony when the property is valued at $1,500 up to $20,000. A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Theft can be charged all the way up to a first-degree felony, which involves goods valued above $200,000.
- Burglary refers to unlawfully entering or remaining inside a building or home with the intent to commit a felony, a theft, or an assault. This type of crime includes what is referred to as home invasion. Burglary is generally charged as a state jail felony when it involves a building and a second-degree felony when it involves a residence.
Get Proven Legal Help from the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC
Whether you are being investigated or have been charged, take action to ensure that your defense is being handled by an attorney who has the experience, skills, and determination to make a difference. Once you contact us, we can begin an intensive investigation into the state’s evidence to find ways to combat the prosecution and work for your best interests.
At the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC you can depend on highly-qualified legal representation from a former Travis County prosecutor who has earned the highest Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb. We offer small-firm service where you will receive the kind of personal attention you will likely never experience with large firms. Our goal is to work diligently to optimize your case outcome as much as possible using the legal skills we have gained over the last 15 years.
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