Fort Worth Theft Defense Attorney
Texas Theft Laws
We are all aware of the concept of stealing, but when you are actually charged with theft, you may come to find that there is a lot you do not understand with regard to how the law handles these accusations. There are numerous forms of theft, each with different charges and penalties that could have a long-lasting impact on your life. Understanding the details of your theft charge is a key factor in building a suitable defense.
As a knowledgeable Fort Worth theft crime lawyer, I work one-on-one with my clients as I guide them through the criminal justice system. I have experience as a prosecutor and judge with intimate knowledge of theft crimes and Texas courts, and this means that I can work to mitigate your charges so you can put this incident behind you.
Jail Time for Theft
Texas’ Theft Penal Code § 31.03(e)(3) states penalties for theft depends on the amount stolen: a class C misdemeanor for less than $100 stolen resulting in up to $500 in fines and a 1st degree felony for more than $300k stolen resulting in up to $10k in fines &/or up to 99 years in state prison.
Jail time for stealing can include:
- Class C misdemeanor – Less than $100 stolen. Fines up to $500.
- Class B misdemeanor – More than $100 but less than $750 stolen. Fines up to $2,000 and/or up to 180 days in county jail.
- Class A misdemeanor – More than $750 but less than $2,500 stolen. Fines up to $4,000 and/or up to 1 year in county jail
- State jail felony – More than $2,500 but less than $30,000 stolen. Fines up to $10,000 and/or 180 days to 2 years in state prison.
- Third-degree felony – More than $30,000 but less than $150,000 stolen. Fines up to $10,000 and/or 2 to 10 years in state prison.
- Second-degree felony – More than $150,000 but less than $300,000 stolen. Fines up to $10,000 and/or 2 to 20 years in state prison.
- First-degree felony – More than $300,000 stolen. Fines up to $10,000 and 5 to 99 years in state prison.
Keep in mind that your sentence could go beyond the standard rulings if you have a criminal record. Be sure to review your case with an attorney to understand the penalties you could face.
Put a Dedicated Fort Worth Theft Lawyer on Your Case
Hiring a private attorney will provide you with an individual that can devote significant time and resources to investigating your case and crafting a unique defense strategy tailored to your needs. When you choose my firm, you will work directly with me, Paul Previte. I will fight for your interests and rights at every stage of your case, regardless of the type or severity of theft charges.
Do not wait to secure competent legal counsel. Call 817-335-4357 today!