The consequences of a theft conviction in Texas vary considerably depending upon the value of the merchandise stolen. However, the greatest punishment from a theft conviction will be the damage done to the defendant’s reputation and standing within the community. Texas as well as most other states consider a theft conviction to be a crime of moral turpitude. A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude, such as theft, will limit your ability to get a good job and will cast a shadow over your future.
Consequences of a Theft Conviction in Texas | Moral Turpitude
Because theft is a crime of moral turpitude (an act or behavior that gravely violates the accepted standard of the community), it is necessary to do everything possible to avoid a conviction. When we represent someone who is accused of theft, we investigate all lawful and ethical means to have the case dismissed or rejected. If a theft case is dismissed or rejected, we then strongly advise our clients to get the case expunged.
Consequences of a Theft Conviction in Texas | Punishments
Punishment for a theft conviction will vary depending upon the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen. The offense is a class C if the merchandise’s value is less than $50 or less than $20 if it was a bad check. As a class C, you are not subject to jail but a fine can be imposed. However, even though it is a class C offense you should fight the allegations and try to avoid a conviction. If the value of the merchandise is more than $50 but less than $500, or it is a bad check worth more than $20 but less than $500 it is a class B misdemeanor where you can be punished by up to six months in jail as well as a fine and imposition of community service. The offense levels and punishments increase as the value of the allegedly stolen items increase. If the value of the stolen property is sufficiently high it is even possible to be charged with a first-degree felony that could result in a life sentence.
To learn more about the defense of theft charges in Texas, please contact our San Antonio theft lawyers today to schedule a free initial consultation.