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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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