Former Assistant District Attorney with Experience Fighting Theft Charges
When an individual takes property that does not belong to them, it is considered theft. Although there are many versions of theft, they are all based on the premise of taking something from another person or entity without their consent and with the intent of keeping it. Those charged with theft may be accused of committing various crimes, as theft can manifest itself in many ways some examples being burglary of a vehicle, shoplifting, and buying or receiving stolen property.
Depending on the value of the stolen items, the criminal history of the individual, and other facts, those charged with theft may face penalties for a misdemeanor conviction or for a felony conviction in addition to a fine. The best way to position yourself for a favorable outcome is to hire an San Antonio theft lawyer like Sophia Martinez.
She can help alleviate the many stresses of working through the legal system, allowing you to focus on what’s important: your freedom. Through in-depth conversations and constant negotiation with prosecutors, Sophia can work toward having charges lessened or even dismissed in unique situations.
Top San Antonio Property Crimes
The following are some examples of the top property crimes in San Antonio:
Theft is the most basic of all property crimes. One commits theft by merely taking something that is not theirs. The above instance where the individual steals the unoccupied vehicle is an example of theft. The primary factor in classifying a criminal act as theft is proving that the individual did not have the owner’s permission to take possession of the item.
Robbery has the same basis as theft, but the only varying factor is that immediate violence or the threat of immediate violence is present. The example provided where the individual removed the driver from the vehicle and stole the car is an example of robbery, as the element of bodily harm or fear of harm was present.
Burglary occurs when an individual enters a building with the intent of committing theft. The law defines “entering” as putting any body part inside of a building or intruding by placing a physical object that’s connected to the body. An example of the latter is placing your hand through a window.. Penalties vary depending on if the building was occupied or not.
Texas Theft Penalties
The charges for theft according to Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code are as follows:
- Class A ($750 – less than $2,500 stolen): No more than a year in jail and/or $4,000 in fines.
- Class B ($100 – less than $750 stolen): No more than 180 days in jail and/or $2,000 in fines.
- First-degree Felony ($300,000 and more stolen): 5 to 99 years in prison and/or no more than $10,000 in fines.
- Second-degree Felony ($150,000 – less than $300,000 stolen): 2 to 25 years in prison and/or no more than $10,000 in fines.
- Third-degree Felony ($30,000 – less than $150,000 stolen): 2 to 10 years in prison and/or no more than $10,000 in fines.
- State Jail Felony ($2,500 – less than $30,000 stolen): 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or no more than $10,000 in fines.
San Antonio theft lawyer Sophia Martinez is knowledgeable of the specifics of property crimes in Texas and can help you construct a solid defense. With over 25 years of legal experience assisting the accused in their fight for justice, she is ready and willing to go to work for you. Contact us today at (210) 226-3000 for a free case evaluation.