Dallas Theft Crime Lawyer
Fighting Theft Charges in Dallas
The grouping of crimes that falls under theft embraces a number of different more specific criminal acts. They each involve the act of intentionally taking a person's property without their express permission.
Examples of theft crimes include:
- Felony theft
- Misdemeanor theft
- Burglary of a motor vehicle
- Receiving stolen property
A variety of fraudulent crimes can be considered theft offenses as well including identity theft, forgery and embezzlement. These offenses can include both misdemeanors and felonies depending on the value of the item or items stolen and the specific circumstances surrounding the theft. The penalty for conviction of a theft crime depends on the value of the property and the nature of the theft.
Theft Penalties in Texas
If the value of the property was less than $1,500 and the nature of the theft was non-violent, the individual will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor. This can be punishable by a fine and restitution and/or jail time (up to 1 year) or probation, especially if it is just a first offense.
Here is a list of the types of misdemeanors with their associated penalties:
Class C Misdemeanor Theft: Property taken = less than $50
- Penalty: fines up to $500, no jail time
Class B Misdemeanor Theft: Property taken = $50-$500
- Penalty: fines up to $2,000, no more than 180 days in jail
Class A Misdemeanor Theft: Property taken = $500-$1,000
- Penalty: fines up to $4,000, no more than one year in jail
Felony theft crimes such as armed robbery or the theft of more than $1,500 in value can involve more serious penalties, including a possible life sentence in prison and heavy fines.
Below we have listed the various penalties associated with each type of felony conviction:
State Jail Felony Theft: Property taken = $1,500-$20,000
- Penalty: fines up to $10,0000, with 180 days to 2 years in jail
Felony of the Third Degree Theft: Property taken = $20,000-$100,000
- Penalty: fines up to $10,000, with 2-10 years of incarceration
Felony of the Second Degree Theft: Property taken = $100,000-$200,000
- Penalty: fines up to $10,000, with 2-20 years of incarceration
Felony of the First Degree Theft: Property taken = $200,000 or more
- Penalty: fines up to $10,000, with 5-99 years of incarceration
In addition to these criminal penalties, there are also may be civil penalties that have to be paid. Any damages done to the item that was stolen may need to be repaid to the person you was stolen from. Oftentimes there will be an additional civil penalty of no more than $1,000 that the convicted individual must pay as well.
Attorney Knight understands the stress and worry that you as the client may be going through. Through in-depth investigations and analyzing your case, he will work aggressively to get your charges dismissed or reduced if at all possible.
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We put the client as our top priority and work diligently to get results. Dallas theft crime attorney, Nelson Knight, has successfully defended clients all over North Texas including the counties of Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant. He may be able to get an outcome for your theft case that you didn't think was possible for you or someone you care about. Offering a free case evaluation, it is to your advantage to meet with our qualified Dallas criminal lawyer to hear out the various options you may have going forward.
Contact a Dallas theft attorney now to get a consultation on your case! Our office's phones are answered 24 hours a day at (214) 712-2280!