Waco Theft Crimes Defense Lawyer
Helping Clients in Waco Resolve Their Theft Crime Charges.
If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, you may suffer a theft crime accusation. It may seem obvious to warn against taking something that isn’t yours, but you’d be surprised to learn how often theft crimes are committed.
718,844 Texas property crimes were committed in 2018, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. This staggering statistic exemplifies why law enforcement officials and state prosecutors are on high alert for theft offenders. The law will have no mercy when charging the accused because its goal is to deter future crimes and send a message to the public that it is cracking down hard on theft crimes.
Our Waco theft crime defense attorney knows this because he once was a prosecutor himself. It takes one to know one. In addition, attorney Craig Greening is a Board Certified specialist in Criminal Trial Law, meaning he brings the superior legal skills and competence your case relies upon.
The time to build your defense is now. To begin the process, arrange a free consultation online or by calling (254) 875-0066!
TX Theft Statutes
Theft crimes can involve property valued at less than 100 dollars or more than $100,000 and typically consist of the following acts:
- Grand theft
- Writing bad checks
A person commits theft if they unlawfully appropriate property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. Appropriation of property is unlawful if:
- it is without the owner's effective consent
- the property is stolen, and the defendant appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another
- property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.
Theft Crime Penalties
Your legal consequences will depend on the value of the stolen item and the nature of the offense. They include:
- Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is less than $100
Class B misdemeanor if:
- the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750
- the value of the property stolen is less than $100 and the defendant has previously been convicted of any grade of theft
- the property stolen is a driver's license, commercial driver's license, or personal identification certificate issued by this state or another state
- Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500
State jail felony if:
- the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000
- the property is less than 10 head of sheep, swine, or goats or any part thereof under the value of $30,000
- the property is stolen from the person of another or from a human corpse or grave, including property that is a military grave marker
- the property stolen is a firearm
- the value of the property stolen is less than $2,500 and the defendant has been previously convicted two or more times of any grade of theft
- the property stolen is an official ballot or official carrier envelope for an election; or
- the value of the property stolen is less than $20,000 and is aluminum, bronze, copper or brass
Third-degree felony if the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000,
or the property is:
- cattle, horses, or exotic livestock or exotic fowl stolen during a single transaction and having an aggregate value of less than $150,000
- 10 or more head of sheep, swine, or goats stolen during a single transaction and having an aggregate value of less than $150,000
- a controlled substance, having a value of less than $150,000
Second-degree felony if:
- the value of the property stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000
- the value of the property stolen is less than $300,000 and it is an automated teller machine or the contents or components of an automated teller machine
- First-degree felony if the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more
Fight your charges with our Waco theft crimes defense lawyer at The Greening Law Group today! Time is of the essence, so you must use it wisely. Contact us at (254) 875-0066 to speak with our team as soon as possible.