Theft Crimes in Williamson and Bell County
Texas law defines theft as a number of offenses, including theft by false pretext, conversion by a bailee, theft from a person, shoplifting, acquisition of property by threat, swindling, embezzlement, extortion, receiving or concealing embezzled property and receiving or concealing stolen property.
Anyone who has been charged with a theft crime could face serious penalties and repercussions if they are convicted, including a criminal record, an inability to pursue certain jobs or professions, ineligibility to be admitted to certain colleges or graduate schools, jail or prison time, steep fines and/or a possibly permanent criminal record.
Theft charges can arise from a number of situations, including when the alleged offender accidentally walked out of a store with an item in their bag or they unknowingly took an item from a store. No matter the reason, Texas prosecutors will attempt to prosecute the alleged offender to the fullest extent of the law. If you have been charged with a theft offense in Georgetown, it is important to hire an experienced criminal lawyer to help you create your best defense.
Georgetown Theft Crimes Lawyer
If you have been charged with any theft crime in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights, contact Law Office of Michael J. Price.
Attorney Michael J. Price is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ theft laws and will make every effort to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your particular situation. Call Law Office of Michael J. Price for a free consultation at (512) 354-1880 about your alleged violent crime.
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Some of the most commonly charged theft offenses in Texas can include, but are not limited to:
Theft / Retail Theft / Shoplifting – Tex. Penal Code § 31.03 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they unlawfully take a person’s property with the intent to deprive them of their property without their consent. A conviction for this offense is punishable as a Class C, B or A misdemeanor, state jail felony, felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree or felony of the first degree, depending on the value of the property or services stolen.
Carjacking – Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle – Tex. Penal Code § 31.07 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they intentionally or knowingly operate another person’s boat, airplane or motor vehicle without their consent. This offense is punishable as a state jail felony.
Robbery – Tex. Penal Code § 29.02 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another person during the commission of a theft offense, or intentionally or knowingly threaten another person or cause them to fear bodily injury or death during the commission of a theft. This offense is punishable as a felony of the second degree.
Aggravated Robbery – Tex. Penal Code § 29.03 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they commit a robbery and:
- Cause serious bodily injury to another person,
- Use a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense, or
- Cause bodily injury or fear of injury or death to an elderly or disabled person.
This offense is punishable as a felony of the first degree.
Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the penalties for many theft crimes in Texas. These penalties can vary depending on the value of the property taken, whether a weapon was used to commit the offense, the age of the victim and whether the alleged offender has any previous criminal history.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a Class C misdemeanor theft offense can receive a fine up to $500.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor theft offense can receive a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or fine up to $2,000.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a Class A misdemeanor theft offense can receive a jail sentence up to one year and/or fine up to $4,000.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a state jail felony theft offense can receive a jail sentence from 18 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a felony of the third-degree theft offense can receive a prison sentence ranging from two to five years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a felony of the second-degree theft offense can receive a prison sentence from two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- Anyone who has been convicted of a felony of the first-degree theft offense can receive a prison sentence ranging from five years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.
According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 134.005 (the Texas Theft Liability Act), anyone who has been a victim of a theft offense can recover actual damages, additional damages up to $1,000, court costs and attorneys fees from the individual who allegedly committed the theft.
Large department stores, merchants and retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target, will often send the alleged shoplifter a demand for payment or threaten to threaten to sue for the amount of the items stolen. Although large stores will not usually follow through with their threats, it is very important to hire an experienced theft attorney to advise you on your best course of action and defend you against any other criminal penalties you may be facing for the allegations against you.
Texas Penal Code – This link is to Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code, which contains many of the state’s laws regarding theft offenses. This chapter defines all prohibited theft, shoplifting, carjacking and related crimes and the penalties for committing such offenses.
Kleptomaniacs and Shoplifters Anonymous – CASA is a national organization that allows individuals who are suffering from an addictive-compulsive behavior to meet with others who have dealt with the same type of behavior and help these individuals find effective ways to treat their addiction.
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention – NASP is a national non-profit organization that seeks to prevent shoplifting by researching and exploring new shoplifting prevention methods, working with government officials to find ways to stop shoplifting, and developing programs aimed at preventing shoplifting.
Williamson County – Hot Checks Division – This link is to the Hot Checks Division of Williamson County and includes information about the most wanted hot check offenders in the county and frequently asked questions about hot checks. Individuals who have outstanding hot checks can also pay them online on this site. The Williamson County Justice Center is located at:Williamson County Justice Center
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1111
Law Office of Michael J. Price | Round Rock Theft Offense Attorney
Contact Law Office of Michael J. Price today for a consultation about your alleged theft crime throughout Williamson County in Texas. Michael J. Price is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown who will make every effort to help you avoid serious penalties and repercussions to the allegations against you.
Contact Law Office of Michael J. Price at (512) 354-1880 for a consultation about your theft charges throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.