Theft occurs when you take something without the intention of returning it,
or only agree to return an item once you’ve received something else
that you’re not legally entitled to.
In Texas, the value of the property stolen is the primary determinant of
what punishment you will receive.
- Less than $50: Class C misdemeanor carrying no more than a $500 fine
- Between $50 – $500: Class B misdemeanor carrying no more than 180
days in jail and $2,000 in fines
- Between $500 – $1,500: Class A misdemeanor carrying no more than
1 year in jail and $4,000 in fines
- Between $1,500 – $20,000: State jail felony carrying from 180 days
to 2 years in jail and no more than $10,000 in fines
- Between $20,000 – $100,000: Third-degree felony carrying from 2 to
10 years in jail and no more than $10,000 in fines
- Between $100,000 – $200,000: Second-degree felony carrying from 2
to 20 years in jail and no more than $10,000 in fines
- Over $200,000: First-degree felony carrying from 5 to 99 years in jail
and no more than $10,000 in fines
The punishment for
theft also depends on the individual circumstances surrounding the case. A premeditated
theft, for instance, will likely carry a harsher sentence than a theft
committed on impulse. Moreover, judges are usually harder on those convicted
of stealing from weaker individuals such as the elderly or children.
If you’ve been charged with theft, you need an experienced
Austin theft defense attorneyto represent your case and make sure you’re treated fairly.
Contact the Kyle Law Firmtoday for a free consultation.