You or a loved one is accused a theft and/or property crime in Texas. You are ready to fight the criminal charge, but you are not sure where to start. The first way to begin fighting your theft or property charge is to understand the crime you face, penalties and some defenses available to prove your innocence.
Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code is devoted to the crime of theft. Theft is the common term for larceny. The common definition of larceny is the unlawful taking of property belonging to another individual with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property. In Texas, theft has a similar definition to the general larceny term.
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According to Texas law, theft is unlawfully appropriating, or taking, property belonging to another with the intent to permanently deprive. The unlawful appropriation means you are accused of taking property without permission. The “intent to permanently deprive” refers to taking the property and:
You do not have to physically take the property to be accused of theft. The term “appropriate” means to physically take, transfer or acquire the property in some way. Another general term “property” includes, but is not limited to:
Theft is a general term that includes a variety of crimes as outlined in Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code. These crimes include, but are not limited to:
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As you read, there is not one type of theft crime in Texas, but several. The state separates theft charges according to the value of the property allegedly stolen. If the property stolen is valued at:
In general, property crimes are the destruction of property or invading property belonging to someone else without their permission. Theft and property crimes are similar because it is taking property belonging to another with the intent to permanently deprive. However, property crimes differ because you are accused of doing something to the property, not stealing it.
The state outlines several types of property crimes in Texas. These property crimes include, but are not limited to:
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The penalties for theft and property crimes depend on whether you face a misdemeanor or felony. Penalties for a misdemeanor range from a $500 fine to a year in jail and $4,000 fine. A state jail felony is $180 days in jail and $10,000. A felony ranges from two years to life in prison and $10,000 fine.
You may be ordered to pay restitution to the property owner for the stolen and/or damaged property.
The defenses available to you depend on the circumstances involving your case. Consent is a defense if the property owner gave you permission to take the property. Lack of intent is another defense if you did not have the intent to permanently deprive the owner of their property.
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