Theft Crimes

Texarkana Theft Crimes Lawyers

Theft crime accusations, arrests, and charges can severely impact your future. The consequences extend beyond legal penalties, potentially affecting your social reputation, ability to secure employment, and overall quality of life. 

Employers frequently conduct background checks on prospective employees, and a theft conviction can significantly reduce job opportunities; these convictions raise questions about your honesty and trustworthiness. In a competitive job market, a theft charge on your record can be the deciding factor that causes your application to be passed over in favor of another candidate. 

Defending yourself against theft crime charges thus means more than just the immediate penalties of fines, jail time, or probation. It’s about safeguarding your prospects and ensuring one mistake doesn't define the rest of your life. 

At Potter & Marks, PLLC, our team provides the comprehensive defense needed to put you in the best position to seek a favorable outcome. Our team of proven trial lawyers thoroughly investigates every aspect of your case to build a strategic criminal defense plan; we support you at every phase of the process, from investigations by law enforcement to formal charges and beyond.

Discuss your case in a free assessment with a Texarkana theft crime attorney. Call us at (870) 335-3052 or contact us online to get started. 

Texas Theft Crimes

Texas law defines theft as the unlawful appropriation of property with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. This can occur through various means, including taking property without the owner's consent, securing property by deception, or receiving property known to be stolen. 

The underlying factor in all instances of theft is the violation of the rightful owner's possession, with the perpetrator's intent not to return the property. This broad definition encompasses a range of actions.

These include:

  • Class C misdemeanor theft: Involves stolen property valued at less than $100. This is often associated with minor shoplifting cases and carries a fine of up to $500 without jail time.
  • Class B misdemeanor theft: Includes property valued between $100 and less than $750. It can result in up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
  • Class A misdemeanor theft: Property valued at $750 to less than $2,500 falls into this category. Conviction can lead to up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.
  • State jail felony theft: If the property stolen is valued at $2,500 to less than $30,000, it is considered a state jail felony. Penalties include 180 days to two years in a state jail and fines of up to $10,000. 
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Federal Theft Crimes

While the above categories cover state-level offenses, theft crimes extend beyond Texas state law and can be prosecuted under federal jurisdiction. Federal theft offenses typically involve crimes that cross state lines, theft of government property, or fraud against federal institutions. 

For example:

  • Interstate transportation of stolen property: Moving stolen goods across state lines can elevate a crime to a federal offense, subject to investigation by federal agencies such as the FBI.
  • Bank robbery: Since banks are federally insured, robbing a bank is considered a federal crime, even if the act does not cross state lines.
  • Mail and wire fraud: Using the mail, wire, or internet to commit acts of fraud, especially when involving interstate communications, is prosecuted under federal law.
  • Identity theft: Stealing someone's personal information for fraudulent purposes, mainly when using interstate commerce systems, is a federal offense.
  • Theft of government property: Stealing property that belongs to the federal government or its agencies is directly prosecuted under federal laws.

These are just a few examples of how theft-related crimes can be federal crimes, each carrying its own penalties, including possible fines, restitution, and imprisonment. When facing such crimes, you must retain the services of a federal criminal defense lawyer who knows how to navigate the complexities of the federal justice system. 

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Why It's Essential to Retain a Lawyer

Having a skilled legal advocate is crucial in the face of theft charges. A lawyer can strategically challenge the evidence against you, negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or penalties, and ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

How Potter & Marks, PLLC Can Defend You

At Potter & Marks, PLLC, we leverage our extensive knowledge of the Texas and federal legal systems and our experience with theft crimes to craft solid defenses for our clients. Our strategies may involve disputing the value of the stolen property to reduce charges, proving a lack of intent, or negotiating plea bargains. Our Texarkana theft crime attorneys are committed to achieving the best possible outcome, aiming to protect not just your present but also your future.

Connect with us online or at (870) 335-3052 to request a free case review today.

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