Texas Classification of Theft Crimes

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What is Theft?

Common theft crimes include the taking and carrying away of property belonging to another person. Theft is done with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of their property. In Texas, theft crimes include the unlawful appropriation of property with the intent to deprive the property owner. 

How Do Prosecutors Determine Whether a Theft Charge is a Misdemeanor or Felony?

Texas classifies theft punishments according to the value of the stolen property or services, as well as the type of stolen property. Prosecutors may also rely on the property’s fair market or replacement value when determining the severity of the charge. 

What are the Punishment Classifications for Theft in Texas? 

Is There a Punishment Enhancement for Theft in Texas?

Yes. If a defendant has a prior theft conviction, then the current charge could be upgraded. For example, a defendant with a prior conviction may have their class C misdemeanor crime become a Class B misdemeanor due to prior charges.

Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding My Theft Charge? 

Yes, contact a criminal lawyer immediately about possible defenses to theft.

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Last Modified: 08-24-2016 09:23 AM PDT

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