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.
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.
The prosecutor needs to establish that the defendant:
Avoiding payment applies when the defendant:
Yes. Defenses include giving a post-dated check for the service. But partial payment is not a complete defense against this charge.
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).
Yes, contact a criminal lawyer immediately for help with you case.
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