22 Apr Dallas DA Vows to End Prosecution for Misdemeanor Theft
In an effort to end increasing incarceration of “minor” offenses, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that they will reform office policies to end prosecution of certain crimes (Dallas News). Perhaps the most progressive of these reforms include declining to prosecute future theft of personal items under $750 unless the theft was for financial gain. Thefts of items such as diapers or food considered to be essential are some of the crimes that will fall under this new proposition, but stealing nonessential items or theft for the purpose of resale, for example, would still face prosecution.
In Tarrant County, however, theft of items over $100 up to $750 are still prosecuted as a Class B Misdemeanor. Class B Misdemeanors can be punished by up to 180 days in jail, a $2,000 fine, or both. For theft under $100, usually, only a citation will be issued unless the accused has a prior history of theft charges.
Misdemeanor Theft charges can be time consuming and expensive. It is important that if you or a loved one is facing this type of charge in Tarrant County that they find representation that is familiar with the Tarrant County Court System. Craig Dameron has experience with theft cases in Tarrant County and can advise those facing theft charges of their best legal course of action. If you have been charged with Misdemeanor Theft, call attorney Craig Dameron at (817) 222-0624. Let Craig help guide you through the legal process.