Theft is among the top most prosecuted offenses in Texas. Texas law defines theft as “the unlawful appropriation of property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property” In simple terms, this means that a person commits theft when he takes the property of another without consent or justification and with the intent of not returning it to its owner.
Common types of theft include:
- Grand theft
- Grand theft auto
Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property allegedly taken. Texas theft charges and penalties are as follows:
- $50 or less:
Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and no jail time.
Class B misdemeanor punishable by 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000.
Class A misdemeanor punishable by one year of jail time and a fine of up to $4,000.
State jail felony punishable by 6 months – two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Third-degree felony punishable by 2-10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.
Second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.
- $200,000 or more:
First-degree felony punishable by 5 years to 99 years/life incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you have been charged with theft, call our defense lawyers at The Z&P Law Group for a free case consultation where we will assess your case thoroughly and discuss all possible legal options.