San Marcos Theft Lawyer Jason Trumpler - Theft Crime Attorney
SAN MARCOS THEFT ATTORNEY JASON TRUMPLER
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Statistically, theft is the most prosecuted crime in Texas state court.
From a client's perspective, a theft conviction based on a high dollar amount taken, either in property or cash, can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, because the value of the cash equivalent of the property increases the punishment level of the theft. Moreover, any theft conviction can make someone unemployable because it is a "crime of moral turpitude." Meaning, it is a crime that shows that you are "inherently untrustworthy."
Alleged theft by an employee from their company, or what is more commonly known as embezzlement, carries additional stigma. Due to both the criminal consequences of a theft conviction and the collateral consequences of a theft conviction, it is imperative to find the best San Marcos theft lawyer possible for your particular case.
Texas Theft Punishment Ladder
The punishments for theft are based on the alleged value taken. Probation is also a possible punishment to theft.
The Law of Theft in Texas
In Texas, theft is defined as when a person:
unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of the property.
The main thrust of the theft statute is the “unlawfully” part—typically, the state must prove that the accused exercised control over or took something, whether property, cash, or a benefit, from an owner without the owner’s consent.
The theft statute is broad—it includes accusations of shoplifting, conversion, swindling, extortion, embezzlement, and receiving stolen property.
Defenses To Theft Charges
Every theft case is different, and there are many defenses to theft charges.
For example, in an employee theft case, the state might not be able to connect the employee to the missing funds. In a fraud cause, there is usually some evidence that the accused intended to comply with the rules or agreement.
Sometimes, the State cannot prove the amount alleged and the case can be reduced in punishment. Furthermore, offering to pay restitution to the complaining witness can help lessen or even eliminate a theft charge.