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What is "Theft of Services"?

Theft of services occurs when a person obtains services through unlawful means. Such as knowingly entering into an agreement for those services with no intent to pay for them or using threats or force to obtain them.

How is Theft of Service Defined in Texas?

In Texas, a person is guilty of theft of services if they have the intent to avoid paying for a service that they know is only given for compensation.

What Does the Prosecutor have to Establish to Convict Me of this Charge?

The prosecutor needs to establish that the defendant:

What Does It Mean to “Avoid Payment” in Texas?

Avoiding payment applies when the defendant:

Are There Defenses I Can Use to Fight this Theft Charge?

Yes. Defenses include giving a post-dated check for the service. But partial payment is not a complete defense against this charge. 

What’s the Punishment for Theft of Service?

Punishment depends on the amount of service stolen. So penalties can range from a class C misdemeanor (service valued at less than $20) to a felony of the first degree (service valued at more than $200,000). 

Can a Lawyer Help Me with My Theft Charge?

Yes, contact a criminal lawyer immediately for help with you case.

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Last Modified: 08-11-2016 01:07 PM PDT

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