Texas Theft Laws and Penalties
Theft is a common criminal charge in Texas, with penalties ranging from relatively minor to severe, depending on the value of the property stolen and other circumstances. Under Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code, theft occurs when a person unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of it.
Theft charges are generally classified as follows:
Class C misdemeanor: property value less than $100
Class B misdemeanor: property value between $100 and $750
Class A misdemeanor: property value between $750 and $2,500
State jail felony: property value between $2,500 and $30,000
Third-degree felony: property value between $30,000 and $150,000
Second-degree felony: property value between $150,000 and $300,000
First-degree felony: property value exceeding $300,000
Defenses against theft charges may involve proving a lack of intent, demonstrating that the accused believed they had a right to the property, or disputing the property's value. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you identify the most suitable defense strategy for your situation.
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