Theft in the State of Texas - Austin Theft Attorney Jason Trumpler

By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on January 16, 2018

Theft Attorney in Austin, Texas

Getting arrested for theft or shoplifting is an embarrassing crime that could have potentially serious consequences. Many individuals assume that shoplifting is a petty crime - but depending on the store’s policies where the shoplifting was done, the value of the item, and the nature of the crime – shoplifting can be a very serious matter.  Also, if you are convicted of theft or shoplifting, it is a crime of moral turpitude, which can affect your ability to get employment for the rest of your life.  
In layman’s terms, shoplifting is taking an item/service from a person or establishment that does not belong to you with no intent or returning it, and without paying for it.
If you have been accused of shoplifting in the State of Texas, it is crucial that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. A strong legal defense can help in getting your charges either reduced or completely dropped.
There are a variety of other ways to get charged with theft other than shoplifting.  Basically, theft is generically defined by the Texas Penal Code as unlawfully appropriating property with the intent to deprive the owner of property.  The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler has helped hundreds of people get their theft charges reduced or completely dismissed.  It is imperative that you do not get a final conviction for a theft charge on your record as the collateral consequences of such a conviction, since it is a crime of moral turpitude, can be devastating.  The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler can help.  Contact us today at 512-457-5200. 
Potential Consequences
In addition to fines and potential jail time, even a misdemeanor theft conviction on your record can carry serious personal repercussions. Many employers will run a background check before hiring you – a theft conviction can disqualify you from many jobs, as it suggests you are untrustworthy. For the same reason, some landlords will not rent to an individual who has a theft charge on their record.
A conviction of theft has penalties ranging from a Class C Misdemeanor to a First Degree Felony. The severity of the penalty depends on the value of the stolen property, and sometimes on the type of property that was stolen:
Less than $50 value: Class C misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500.
Value between $50-$499: Class B misdemeanor, a fine of up to $2,000, and up to 6-months in jail.
Value between $500-$1499: Class A misdemeanor, a fine of up to $4,000, and up to 1-year in jail.
Value between $1500-$19,999: State jail felony, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 2-years in jail.
Value between: $20,000-$99,999: Third degree felony, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 10-years in jail.
Value between $100,000-$199,999: Second degree felony, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 20-years in jail.
Value of $200,000 or more: First degree felony, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 99-years in jail.
If you have been convicted of theft in the past, your penalties may increase, and the state might treat the current charge with more severity.
Contact Us at 512-457-5200
Jason Trumpler is a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney with more than 15-years experience throughout both California and Texas, including Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Burnet, Lee, Caldwell, Bell, Coryell, Comal, and Hays counties. If you or someone you know has been accused of theft, please contact our offices today at (512) 457-5200.

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