A “simple theft” case ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. This depends largely on the value of the property allegedly stolen. The Texas Penal Code outlines the level of the offense based only on values as :
Class C Misdemeanor – Less than $100.00
Class B Misdemeanor – $100 – $750.00
Class A Misdemeanor – $750.00 – $2,500.00
State Jail Felony – $2,500.00 – $30,000.00
3rd Degree Felony – $30,000.00 – $150,000.00
2nd Degree Felony – $150,000.00 – $300,000.00
1st Degree Felony – $300,000.00 or more
To put it in plainly, a simple theft occurs when a person takes the owner’s property without that person’s consent, and intends on keeping the property indefinitely. The legal term used for this is “unlawful appropriation”. Theft crimes can come in many forms and the level of the offense can change drastically depending on things like the age of the complainant, the value and type of property stolen, whether financial instruments were used, and the list goes on. That is why it is important to contact a criminal lawyer in Houston that has experience handling these types of cases.
If you or your loved one in Houston has been charged with a theft crime, you should contact an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer before making any statements to police, investigators, or anyone about the facts of the case. These statements will likely be recorded and used by the government in prosecuting the case.
For more information about a specific case, you should contact a criminal lawyer in Houston that handles theft charges to see what legal and factual defenses are available to you.
NOTE: This information is not intended to be legal advice and is merely used for general educational purposes. For legal advice about a specific case call Houston criminal defense attorney Brandon R. Cammack at 713-300-9291 or schedule a free consultation online.