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Category: Felonies

Aug 13
2018

Texas Theft Charges: The Difference between Misdemeanors and Felonies

Felonies | Misdemeanors | Theft Crimes

Theft is the most commonly prosecuted crime in Fort Worth criminal courts. Defined as the unlawful taking of another’s property, theft is an offense that can result in lengthy prison or probation sentences, as well as hefty fines.

An important distinction to make with Texas theft charges is whether the offense (or offenses) in question will be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. Felony theft charges are much more likely to result in time served, and to make options such as diversion programs less attainable.

Below, we’re going to cover Texas theft law, including enhancements and aggregations that can cause misdemeanor theft to be considered a felony.

How Texas Law Defines Theft

Texas law defines theft as being when [...]

Apr 26
2018

Types of Felony Charges and Penalties in Texas

Criminal Defense | Felonies

Texas law categorizes crimes as misdemeanors or felonies, then breaks each of those categories up into various levels of charges. Felonies alone are divided into six different levels.

In this post, we will detail the different possible felony charges that you can find yourself up against in Texas, as well as the associated penalties.

State Jail Felony

Penalties:

  • State jail sentence of 180 days to 2 years
  • A fine of up to $10,000

Examples include:

  • Theft of property valued between $1,500 and $20,000
  • Theft of a firearm
  • Abuse of debit or credit cards
  • Possession of less than one gram of a Schedule 1 drug

A state jail felony is the default charge for crimes identified as felonies but without specific [...]

Apr 25
2016

Rick Perry, Legal Team Argue for Dismissal of Remaining Criminal Counts

Abuse of Power | Felonies

Former governor and one-time 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry visited the state’s highest criminal court recently for another salvo in his legal battle. What is the case against Perry all about?

Abuse-of-power charges

In August 2014, a grand jury in Travis County indicted Perry on two counts related to alleged abuse of power. The charges stemmed from Perry’s veto of $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s office that was to be earmarked for fighting public corruption. Perry had vowed to refuse the funding unless Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County’s district attorney, resigned following a conviction and sentence served for driving under the influence.

Perry’s lawyers argued that the law used to charge him was too vague, and

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