If you have been charged with theft, you need to contact an experienced attorney right away. At Freeman & Nance, we understand the impact a theft charge can have on your life. In addition to potential jail or prison sentences, a theft charge can cause damage to your reputation and your employment prospects. We will thoroughly investigate your case and will intervene early in the prosecution process to help protect your career, freedom, and reputation.
Theft In Texas
Under Texas law, theft occurs when an individual unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of his or her property. While some instances of theft are considered misdemeanors, others are felonies. An individual convicted of misdemeanor theft can be required to pay up to $4,000 in fines and can be required to serve up to one year in jail. Individuals convicted of felony theft could be fined up to $10,000 and face years in prison.
Individuals with prior theft convictions will have their current charges automatically upgraded to more serious misdemeanors or even felonies. While penalties are often determined by the value of the good or services stolen, the type of property or service can sometimes affect penalties.
Other Legal Consequences of Theft
A person charged with theft not only faces criminal charges, but they can also be sued in a civil lawsuit. Under the Texas Theft Liability Act, victims of theft can pursue and recover damages in civil court for stolen items and the payment of a civil penalty up to $1,000. Civil damages and criminal fines could end up costing individuals thousands of dollars. These damages and fines become even more difficult to pay when individuals are jailed as a result of their crimes.
Amarillo Theft Lawyers
We are proud of our ability to vigorously represent clients in criminal cases, and the Amarillo theft lawyers at Freeman & Nance focus on providing individualized and personal advice to each client. We work to make you feel comfortable with your legal options, the legal process, and our ability to represent you during this challenging time in your life. If you want to learn how our Amarillo theft lawyers can help you with your theft charge, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated Texas criminal defense attorneys.