Theft crimes are serious and will require an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney on your side if you have been charged with one. Reach out to The Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how our legal team can fight for you and your rights.
What are the different types of theft crimes in Texas?
Theft crimes are taken very seriously in the state of Texas. 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.
Furthermore, it is important to recognize 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
If you were charged with any of the following, you will need to retain the services of an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney today to discuss your case and your options. Our legal team is ready to fight for you and your rights.
What is robbery in Texas?
The state of Texas defines robbery as an alleged offender causing or threatening bodily injury or death to another party. This conviction is unlike burglary or other theft crimes because they can be committed without victims being present. A robbery conviction will typically 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 known 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 serious because they are considered a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years of life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
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