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THEFT

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In Texas a person commits the offense of theft if he or she unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of their property.  If you have been charged with theft, burglary of a motor vehicle, or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Tarrant County, call Fort Worth Attorney Craig Dameron for a free consultation.  Our goal is to have your case DISMISSED!

 

Criminal Defense Attorney Craig Dameron has experience handling misdemeanor and felony theft cases!  The type of punishment can vary depending on if you are a first-time offender compared to someone with multiple convictions on their record.  You must have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side because there are so many possible repercussions when you are arrested for theft.  For instance, if you receive a conviction for a theft, it will stay on your record forever!  It could prevent you from passing a background check for employment, prevent you from renting an apartment, and cause a host of other future negative consequences.  In addition, there are also civil penalties for certain theft crimes. If you are guilty of theft in Texas you may have to pay restitution for any loss the victim suffered.

 

If you are arrested for a property crime-related offense, the most important thing you can do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.  Criminal defense attorney Craig Dameron has been a licensed attorney since 2001 and has extensive experience defending misdemeanor and felony charges.   Attorney Craig Dameron possesses the legal knowledge necessary to successfully defend your case. Don’t gamble with your future, call attorney Craig Dameron at (817) 222-0624.

 

 

Penalty Ranges

 

THEFT Sec. 31.03(e)

(1)   a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is less than $100;

(2)  a Class B misdemeanor if:

(A)  the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750;

(B)  the value of the property stolen is less than $100 and the defendant has previously been convicted of any grade of theft; or

(C)  the property stolen is a driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, or personal identification certificate issued by this state or another state;

(3)  a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500;

(4)  a state jail felony if:

(A)  the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, or the property is less than 10 head of sheep, swine, or goats or any part thereof under the value of $30,000;

(B)  regardless of value, the property is stolen from the person of another or from a human corpse or grave, including property that is a military grave marker;

(C)  the property stolen is a firearm, as defined by Section 46.01;

(D)  the value of the property stolen is less than $2,500 and the defendant has been previously convicted two or more times of any grade of theft;

(E)  the property stolen is an official ballot or official carrier envelope for an election; or

(F)  the value of the property stolen is less than $20,000 and the property stolen is:

(i)  aluminum;

(ii)  bronze;

(iii)  copper; or

(iv)  brass;

(5)  a felony of the third degree if the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, or the property is:

(A)  cattle, horses, or exotic livestock or exotic fowl as defined by Section 142.001, Agriculture Code, stolen during a single transaction and having an aggregate value of less than $150,000;

(B)  10 or more head of sheep, swine, or goats stolen during a single transaction and having an aggregate value of less than $150,000; or

(C)  a controlled substance, having a value of less than $150,000, if stolen from:

(i)  a commercial building in which a controlled substance is generally stored, including a pharmacy, clinic, hospital, nursing facility, or warehouse; or

(ii)  a vehicle owned or operated by a wholesale distributor of prescription drugs;

(6)  a felony of the second degree if:

(A)  the value of the property stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000; or

(B)  the value of the property stolen is less than $300,000 and the property stolen is an automated teller machine or the contents or components of an automated teller machine; or

(7) a felony of the first degree if the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more.

 

THEFT OF SERVICE.  (a)  A person commits theft of service if, with intent to avoid payment for service that the actor knows is provided only for compensation:

(1)  the actor intentionally or knowingly secures performance of the service by deception, threat, or false token;

(2)  having control over the disposition of services of another to which the actor is not entitled, the actor intentionally or knowingly diverts the other’s services to the actor’s own benefit or to the benefit of another not entitled to the services;

(3)  having control of personal property under a written rental agreement, the actor holds the property beyond the expiration of the rental period without the effective consent of the owner of the property, thereby depriving the owner of the property of its use in further rentals; or

(4)  the actor intentionally or knowingly secures the performance of the service by agreeing to provide compensation and, after the service is rendered, fails to make full payment after receiving notice demanding payment.

 

Sec. 30.04.  BURGLARY OF VEHICLES.  (a)  A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, he breaks into or enters a vehicle or any part of a vehicle with intent to commit any felony or theft.

(b)  For purposes of this section, “enter” means to intrude:

(1)  any part of the body; or

(2)  any physical object connected with the body.

(c)  For purposes of this section, a container or trailer carried on a rail car is a part of the rail car.

(d)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that:

(1)  the offense is a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum term of confinement of six months if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has been previously convicted of an offense under this section;

(2)  the offense is a state jail felony if:

(A)  it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has been previously convicted two or more times of an offense under this section; or

(B)  the vehicle or part of the vehicle broken into or entered is a rail car; and

(3)  the offense is a felony of the third degree if:

(A)  the vehicle broken into or entered is owned or operated by a wholesale distributor of prescription drugs; and

(B)  the actor breaks into or enters that vehicle with the intent to commit theft of a controlled substance.

(d-1)  For the purposes of Subsection (d), a defendant has been previously convicted under this section if the defendant was adjudged guilty of the offense or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in return for a grant of deferred adjudication, regardless of whether the sentence for the offense was ever imposed or whether the sentence was probated and the defendant was subsequently discharged from community supervision.

(e)  It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor entered a rail car or any part of a rail car and was at that time an employee or a representative of employees exercising a right under the Railway Labor Act (45 U.S.C. Section 151 et seq.).

 

Sec. 31.07.  UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A VEHICLE.  (a)  A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly operates another’s boat, airplane, or motor-propelled vehicle without the effective consent of the owner.

(b)  An offense under this section is a state jail felony.

If any of these areas concern you, please feel to contact us!
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