If you take or acquire someone else’s property without their knowledge or consent with the intent to keep it or sell it, you are stealing. But there is no crime of “stealing” in Texas. Rather, there are an array of criminal offenses that fall under the umbrella of theft. What you stole, how much it was worth, how and from whom you stole it will all play roles in how severe the penalties will be if you are convicted. But make no mistake, even minor theft offenses can come with major consequences beyond hefty fines or time behind bars. Long after you have paid your dues, a theft conviction can leave a stain on your reputation and limit your opportunities for years to come.
Prosecutors don’t take theft offenses lightly, and neither does the Law Office of Case J. Darwin. We offer experienced and vigorous defense representation against all San Marcos theft crime charges. If prosecutors have you in their sights for theft, you need to understand what’s at stake before making any decisions about how to proceed. Making a plea or accepting a deal with prosecutors may seem like the “easy way out,” but you may have defenses that could spare you the long-term fallout of a conviction for theft. Don’t face theft charges alone.
Types of San Marcos Theft Crimes
There are many separate offenses that constitute theft in Texas. They are primarily defined by the manner in which stolen property was acquired. Theft offenses in Texas include the following:
- Credit card fraud
- Identity theft
Penalties for Theft Crimes
While other factors and circumstances may contribute to the penalties you face upon conviction for a theft crime, the value of the stolen property is the primary determinant as to how a guilty verdict or plea will impact your future. Under the Texas Penal Code, theft crimes and their penalties are generally classified as follows:
- Property worth less than $50: a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.
- Property worth between $50-$500: a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
- Property worth between $500-$1500: a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and fines of up to $4,000.
- Property worth between $1,500-$20,000: a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in Texas state prison and a fine up to $10,000.
- Property worth between $20,000-$100,000: a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- Property worth between $100,000-$200,000: a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
- Property worth $200,000 or more: a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Speak With a San Marcos Theft Charges Defense Attorney Today
While theft may be a common crime, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious one. Don’t take chances with your future if you find yourself facing charges for a San Marcos theft crime. Call the Law Office of Case J. Darwin today to arrange for your free initial consultation to discuss your situation. We will treat you with respect, listen to your story, and formulate a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.
Call us today at (210) 630-4780 or contact us online to arrange for your free initial consultation.