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Williamson County Theft Crime Attorney Jason Trumpler
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Williamson County Theft Crimes Defense Law
Williamson County Theft Crime Defense Lawyer Jason Trumpler represents clients on misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Williamson and the surrounding counties. Theft of any amount is a very serious crime. It is a crime of moral turpitude (dishonesty) and a conviction for theft can negatively affect you for the rest of your life. You really cannot afford a conviction for theft on your record.
Each year, hundreds of people contact Attorney Jason Trumpler in order to get their theft convictions expunged from their record because they cannot get a job, but unfortunately a theft conviction cannot be expunged or sealed (non-disclosed). Young people especially may not know about or consider the far-reaching effects of having a theft conviction on their record. Attorney Jason Trumpler can discuss with you the possible options in order to later get your criminal case sealed or expunged.
If you are charged with a theft offense, contact Williamson County Criminal Lawyer Jason Trumpler at (512) 457-5200 for a free phone consultation. A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property [Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03]. Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person’s property, then it is not theft. For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible. Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.
If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Williamson County theft crime attorney to represent you. You may face serious consequences if you have been arrested for theft in Williamson County or the surrounding area. Your penalties will vary depending on the value of what you allegedly stole and other factors. Theft crimes include shoplifting, hot checks, fraud, embezzlement and identity theft. Theft crimes can range from class C misdemeanors (such as a traffic violation level offense) to 1st degree felonies. Burglary of a motor vehicle is a class A misdemeanor. Auto theft is usually charged as a felony offense unless the value of the motor vehicle stolen is less than $1,500. Other felony theft related crimes include credit card abuse (state jail felony), burglary of a building (state jail felony) and burglary of a habitation (2nd degree felony).
Punishment for Williamson County Theft Crimes
In Texas, the punishment for theft is listed in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code. Depending on the value of the theft, a conviction can result in a range of punishment as follows:
- If the value of the property stolen is less than $100, a class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $500.
- If the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, a jail sentence of up to 180 days, or both.
- If the value of the property stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, a jail sentence of up to one year, or both.
- If the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- If the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- If the value of the property stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- If the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life and a fine up to $10,000.
The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler | Williamson County Theft Crime Lawyers
Williamson County theft crime lawyer Jason Trumpler will discuss with you the seriousness of your charge and the various effective defense strategies that are best suited for your particular case. Before you make your plea in court, it is important that you consult a theft crimes defense lawyer in Williamson County, Texas. Williamson County Criminal Attorney Jason Trumpler gets proven results.
Jason Trumpler has spent his entire legal career in the trenches litigating cases throughout Texas and California. He has handled every type of case from simple traffic tickets to DWI to sexual assault to both non-capital and capital murder. He spent a total of four years with both the Ventura County, California District Attorney's Office and Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Mr. Trumpler has tried approximately 100 criminal jury trials as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He fully understands how to successfully try, review, and win cases from both sides of the aisle. Mr. Trumpler's experience as a prosecutor often times proves invaluable in negotiation. He understands the ins and outs of working in a large prosecutor's office along with the political realities that deputy district attorney's face in court. Moreover, while working as a prosecutor, Mr. Trumpler trained law enforcement officers throughout Southern California on how to investigate certain crimes, write credible, intelligible reports, and testify in court.
Mr. Trumpler is a member of the Williamson County Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the Bell County Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense, the DUI Defense Lawyers' Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, the Texas DWI Lawyers' Assocation, and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association.