Houston Property Crime Attorney
Providing Strategic Personalized Defense in Harris County
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman is committed to providing top-notch legal defense for juveniles and adults who have been accused of a variety of property crimes in Houston. Knowing that police reports tell only one side of the story and often contain inaccuracies, Attorney Jed Silverman tenaciously investigates criminal cases from top to bottom in order to uncover the true circumstances behind the alleged crime. Mr. Silverman works with the prosecutor to find ways to have serious charges dismissed or reduced as much as possible.
Discuss your case during a FREE consultation with our Houston property crime lawyers.
We Handle Misdemeanor, Felony & Federal Property Crimes
Having a skilled property crime lawyer in Houston, TX on your side can make the difference in your case. In many cases, prosecutors are more interested in restitution than they are in seeing a family torn apart by a jail sentence. There may be diversion programs available for first-time offenders that will replace a conviction on your record. When you’re facing more serious charges, our Houston property crime lawyers leverage their decades of experience and Attorney Silverman’s expertise as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist (TBLS) to create effective defense strategies that protect your rights and future.
Our Houston property crime attorneys handle all theft offenses, including:
- Auto theft
- Burglary, criminal trespass, breaking and entering,
- Credit card theft, check forgery, identity theft
- Embezzlement, fraud
- Robbery, armed robbery
- White collar crimes
- Shoplifting, retail theft
Texas Penal Code: Theft Laws
There are different types of theft, which may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies with widely varied penalties. Unauthorized use of a vehicle, for example, is a state jail felony (Texas Penal Code § 31.07). Possessing, creating, or distributing tools used to commit retail theft is a misdemeanor offense (Texas Penal Code § 31.15). Organized retail theft can be charged as a first-degree felony with extreme penalties (Texas Penal Code § 31.16).
The general offense of theft is covered in Texas Penal Code § 31.03 and encompasses shoplifting, theft from a person, theft by false pretext, embezzling, extortion, receiving or concealing stolen property, check fraud, and similar acts. These offenses are classified as misdemeanors or felonies based on the value of property involved:
- Class C Misdemeanor: less than $50
- Class B Misdemeanor: $50 to less than $500
- Class A Misdemeanor: $500 to less than $1,500
- State Jail Felony: $1,500 to less than $20,000
- Third Degree Felony: $20,000 to less than $100,000
- Second Degree Felony: $100,000 to less than $200,000
- First Degree Felony: $200,000 or more
Call Our Houston Property Crime Lawyers For a FREE Consultation
Whether you are being accused of a misdemeanor petty theft or felony armed robbery, aggressive and timely criminal defense is essential in order to potentially increase your chances of a favorable outcome. The Law Offices of Jed Silverman represents clients in Houston and throughout Harris County who have been charged with all types of violent and non-violence theft crimes.
To consult with a Houston property crime lawyer at our firm about how we can protect you, please call (713) 597-2221 to request a free and confidential case review.