Theft Crimes in Texas | What to Know

If you were charged with a theft crime in the state of Texas, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team today to discuss the details of your case and your options. Our skilled Houston theft offense attorney is on your side. Here are some questions you may have:

What are some different theft crimes recognized in the state of Texas?

In Texas, theft crimes are taken very seriously. According to Texas Penal Code § 31.03(b), the appropriation of property is unlawful in the event that:

  • it is without the owner’s effective consent;
  • the property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another; or
  • property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.

Additionally, you will want to keep in mind the most common types of theft crimes that individuals can be charged with. They include, and are not limited to, the following:

  • Theft / Larceny
  • Retail Theft, also known as shoplifting
  • Theft by Check
  • Theft of Services
  • Grand Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Robbery / Aggravated Robbery

In the event that you were charged with any of the following, you will need to hire the services of an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney today to learn more about your case and your options. Our legal team is committed to fighting for you and your rights.

How does Texas define robbery?

In Texas, robbery is defined as an alleged offender causing or threatening bodily injury or death to another party. This charge is unlike burglary or other theft crimes because they can be committed without victims being present. A robbery conviction will generally result in serious life-long penalties, including a long prison sentence and high fines. If a robbery crime involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, a person could face aggravated robbery, also referred to as armed robbery, charges.

The state of Texas defines a deadly weapon as a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury, or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. The penalties for aggravated robbery are severe because they are deemed a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years of life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.


If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.