Houston Theft Crime Lawyer
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When faced with criminal charges or even informal allegations involving theft, it may be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. This is when a skilled lawyer can make all the difference. Instead of agreeing to police questioning or a search without fully understanding your rights, immediately involve a Houston criminal attorney from our firm and experience the difference of having a strong advocate for your interests. At the Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we believe in educating our clients and we take an aggressive stance against criminal charges in order to provide the greatest opportunity at a swift and beneficial case resolution.
Texas Penal Code: Theft
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
No matter the type of theft-related offense, aggressive defense counsel is a must if you are to have the best opportunity at a positive case result. At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we represent clients in Houston and throughout Harris County in the face of all theft crime charges. We can handle cases involving non-violent and violent theft crimes ranging from petty theft to robbery. If you want to learn more about our Houston criminal defense attorneys and what we can do to defend your constitutional rights, do not hesitate to contact us at (713) 597-2221 for a confidential consultation.