Theft Related Charges
At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we have experience representing clients facing all manners of state criminal charges including accusations of theft, forgery, and white collar offenses. Our knowledge and experience in these areas provides us with tools to develop a strategy to navigate these cases and achieve the best possible outcome.
Founding Member, Steven Jumes is a former state criminal prosecutor. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003. He has extensive state prosecution and defense experience. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Jumes has a unique understanding of prosecutorial strategies government attorneys use.
At the Law Office of Steven Jumes, we have extensive experience defending clients on theft crime charges. Thanks to that experience we have a unique understanding of how the prosecution will build its case and how to fight back effectively.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you make sure you get the very best defense, call (817) 934-6636 or click here to schedule a free consultation.
What is Theft in Texas?
The Texas Penal Code defines theft as being the taking of someone’s property without consent, either by deception or by physically stealing it.
A person does not have to be in possession of the property to be charged with theft, you only have to have the property long enough to deprive the owner of its value.
In Texas, theft is an expansive charge that can cover a lot of different infractions, everything from a bounced check to shoplifting to buying stolen property to actually stealing property from someone else.
Punishment for the myriad of offenses ranges as well; typically punishment is based on the value of the item stolen and can go from a basic fine to lengthy prison time depending on what was stolen.
Typical Theft Crimes
Frequently committed theft crimes include:
- Auto theft
- Car jacking
- Grand larceny
- Identity theft
- Receiving stolen property
- Securing a Document by
- Other White Collar Theft Crimes
Penalties for Theft
Items stolen valued at less than $100
- Class C misdemeanor
- A fine of not more than $500
Items stolen valued at $100 or more but less than $750
- Class B misdemeanor
- Not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $2,000
Items stolen valued at $750 or more but less than $2,500
- Class A misdemeanor
- Not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $4,000
Items stolen valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000
- Third-degree felony
- 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
Items stolen valued at $150,000 or more but less than $300,000
- State jail felony
- 2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
Items stolen valued at $100,000 or more but less than $200,000
- Second-degree felony
- 2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
Items stolen valued at $300,000 or more
- First-degree felony
- 5 to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
As you can see, the seriousness of theft crimes and the penalties associated with them can escalate quickly. The best strategy for someone facing a theft charge is to secure the services of an experienced attorney with a reputation for fighting hard for his client’s rights.
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What is Burglary?
Beyond theft crimes other stolen property cases in Texas can involve burglary charges.
The Texas Penal Code describes burglary as the act of breaking and entering into a structure to commit another crime such as theft. In general, burglary does not require force, just an unauthorized entry into a building or other dwelling belonging to another. The crime committed after the burglary can vary from assault to kidnapping to theft to murder.
Texas defines burglary as not having the effective consent of the property owner while:
- Entering a building or habitation not open to the general public to commit a felony, assault, or theft
- Remaining hidden in a habitation with the intent to commit a felony, assault, or theft in the habitation
- Entering a habitation or building and attempting to or actually committing an assault, felony, or theft
Punishment for Burglary
If a building is burglarized
- State jail felony
- 180 days in state jail and/or a $10,000 fine
If a residence if burglarized
- Second degree felony
- 2 to 20 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine
If the burglary has a sexual motive
- First degree felony
- 5 to 99 years in a prison and/or $10,000 fine
What is Robbery?
The punishment for a robbery conviction usually depends on whether the defendant carried or used a gun or some other deadly weapon.
If a deadly weapon is not used, robbery is charged as a second degree felony in Texas. Penalties that come with being convicted of this charge include a state prison sentence of two to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
If the charge is for aggravated robbery, penalties can include a state prison sentence of five to 99 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
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Generally, robbery is defined as the taking of property from another person with the use of force or threat. Robbery is a property crime and the victim of the robbery need not be harmed during the commission of the offense.
There are four elements needed to prove robbery:
Taking from a person’s body or possession without consent.
Property of some value, even if the value is very low.
Use of physical force, threat, or intimidation to obtain the property.
Intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property.
Robberies can come in different varieties such as:
- Home-invasion robbery
- Armed Robbery/ robbery with a firearm
- Robbery with a deadly weapon
- Strong-arm robbery