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Houston Theft Lawyer
Former Special Crimes Prosecutor Working in Your Defense
Have you been accused of or charged with a theft crime, such as shoplifting, anywhere in Harris County? If so, you should contact a Houston theft lawyer immediately. Getting effective and skilled legal help should be your first priority. A theft crime conviction can have serious repercussions both criminally and socially.
You may be facing jail or prison time, hefty fines, restitution, and probation. As far as your professional reputation, you may face the loss of your job or professional license. If convicted of theft, you may find it difficult to finding, housing or obtaining educational aid in the future. You may be forced to live with the stigma of a permanent criminal record.
The quality of your defense can make or break your future. That is why at Drehner Law, our Houston theft crime lawyer is a former Harris County chief felony and special crimes prosecutor with years of valuable experience.
She has a proven track record of success in handling even the most complex and serious of charges and can act as your trusted partner in the fight to preserve your reputation, your future, and possibly your freedom.
Theft Crimes in Texas
In Texas, the elements of a theft crime under this law include the taking of another person’s property without his or her consent with the intent to permanently deprive him or her of the property.
Theft offenses can have many forms and many different names, such as:
- Dealing in stolen goods
- Appropriated property
- Auto theft or grand theft auto
- Theft of services
- Identity theft
- Credit card theft
Theft Penalties in Texas
The charges and punishments you will face will depend on the value of the property that was stolen. Charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor all the way up to a first-degree felony.
The breakdown for theft crime charges and penalties is as follows:
- Theft of property valued $50 or less – Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500
- Theft of property valued between $50 and $500 – Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000
- Theft of property valued between $500 and $1,500 – Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $4,000
- Theft of property valued between $1,500 and $20,000 – state jail felony punishable by 180 days up to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000
- Theft of property valued between $20,000 and $100,000 – third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
- Theft of property valued between $100,000 and $200,000 – second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
- Theft of property valued at $200,000 or more – third-degree felony punishable by five up to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
In addition, appropriating the property of others may result in civil lawsuits such as in the case of shoplifting. Under the Texas Theft Liability Act, you may be sued for damages and penalties by the store owner. Furthermore, repeat offenses may result in enhanced charges.
Grand Larceny Charges in Texas
In Texas, grand larceny refers to the theft of property with a value in excess of $500. There are two areas of grand theft: misdemeanor grand theft and felony grand theft. If the value of the stolen goods was in excess of $500 but $1500 or less, the individuals will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
Protecting Your Rights Against False Accusations of Theft
Being accused of theft can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Even if you are innocent, the accusations alone can damage your reputation and potentially result in serious legal consequences. At Drehner Law, our experienced Houston theft lawyers are here to protect your rights and defend you against false accusations of theft.
We understand that being accused of theft can happen to anyone, and it’s important to have a strong legal defense on your side. Our former special crimes prosecutor has extensive experience handling theft cases in Texas and has a deep understanding of the legal system. We will work tirelessly to investigate the facts of your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy to protect your rights.
Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, whether that means having the charges dismissed, negotiating a plea bargain, or fighting for your rights in court. We are committed to providing you with personalized attention, clear communication, and aggressive representation throughout the entire legal process.
If you have been falsely accused of theft, don’t hesitate to contact Drehner Law today. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action for your defense.
Get Help Today!
No matter what level of theft charge you face, you have a right to a Houston theft attorney, especially one who has the knowledge and skill to protect your rights and freedom. Our firm understands the importance of fighting hard to preserve your good name, your future, and to keeping you out of jail or prison.
We will thoroughly investigate every aspect of your arrest in order to build the most effective defense strategy. When you want a competent Harris County theft lawyer, experience is a key qualification. Attorney Shannon Drehner has the experience you need and will be with you every step of the way throughout the legal process.
For more details about your case, please schedule a case review with our Houston defense lawyer today.
Truly one of the hardest and most understanding lawyers that I have ever had.H. N.
She is very professional.A. Charco
My case dropped from a felony to a misdeamnor!M. Hicks