There are a multitude of degrees of theft according to Texas law, ranging from minor misdemeanors (Class C) that may result in fines to major felonies of the first degree, that are punishable by life in prison in extreme circumstances.
Even though accusations of theft can surface from various circumstances, it is imperative that you not take these allegations lightly. Offenses related to theft are usually labelled as crimes of moral turpitude or dishonesty, and you might be surprised to discover how large the repercussions can be in your life not just today but also in the future. For example, a theft conviction can prevent you from gaining employment, receiving loans, renting an apartment, and even negatively affect your ability to get accepted into colleges and graduate schools. Even if you were wrongfully accused, or avoid jail time entirely, a guilty verdict remains as a permanent mark on your criminal record that can haunt you for the rest of your life.
The severity of the consequences faced when dealing with theft conviction is based on the value of the theft or the property damage that occurred during the incident. Many first time offenders can receive dismissals through pretrial diversion programs or non-conviction deferred adjudication. These types of resolutions can often be removed from your criminal record through an expunction or non-disclosure.
The Todd Rash Law Group aggressively defends our clients charged with theft or property crime charges, including:
White Collar Crimes