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Category: Theft Crimes

Apr 11
2020

Texans, Don’t Try to Steal Toilet Paper from Restaurants

COVID-19/Coronavirus | Misdemeanors | Theft Crimes

It’s no secret that toilet paper has become a hot commodity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stories from different parts of the country and around the world have shown people are willing to go great lengths to get their hands on a few rolls.

A couple in Texas added one more story to the list recently when they stole a mega role from a restaurant in Corpus Christi. Though the restaurant didn’t press any charges, things could have gone differently for the couple.

Despite everyone’s heightened state of emotion, the restaurant owners would have been within their rights to file charges. The couple in question committed misdemeanor theft crimes. If the owners had pursued the issue, it would have [...]

Nov 8
2019

Should Your Texas Aggravated Robbery Charge Really Be Robbery?

Aggravated Robbery | Robbery | Theft Crimes

A College Station man was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for an aggravated robbery conviction. During the robbery, he told an employee he had a 9 mm handgun with exactly seven rounds in the magazine. He then showed her the gun.

The robber got away with nothing more than a bit of cash from the register before he was apprehended in a WalMart parking lot less than two miles from the crime scene.

Although he did not discharge his weapon during the course of the robbery, the offense was considered aggravated due to his display of a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime.

The line between robbery and aggravated robbery is often thin, and in some [...]

Aug 15
2019

Texas Auto Theft Charges: What You Need to Know

Grand Theft Auto | Theft Crimes

While many states have separate statutes covering grand theft auto, Texas is unique in that auto theft is not covered by a specific statute. So, depending on the circumstances and nature of the alleged offense, you may be charged under several different statutes.

Because Texas auto theft crimes can be charged as several types of offenses, the laws surrounding auto theft can quickly become complex.

Considerations (whether the owner of the vehicle was present and the value of the auto involved, for example) are made when deciding whether auto theft will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Sentences range from probation to years behind bars.

Grand Theft Auto in Texas

Grand theft auto is defined as taking someone else’s [...]

Jan 10
2019

Workplace Theft in Texas: Your Boss Says You Stole – What Now?

Theft Crimes | Workplace Theft

Recent field studies reveal that theft in the workplace is driven, in large part, by employees’ desires to “get even” with companies and managers who they feel mistreat them. Research also suggests that not being straight and disregarding their dignity are two big drivers in their desire to exact revenge.

In other words, they steal to get even. Anyone who’s had a regular job could probably relate to that statement based on some experience in the workplace at one time or another.

Granted, these thefts aren’t often quite so black and white. A multitude of factors can contribute to the ultimate decision to steal from an employer. Personal financial difficulties, true unmet needs, mental illness – these are all [...]

Nov 14
2018

How Texans Should Respond to Accusations of Shoplifting

Shoplifting/Retail Theft | Theft Crimes

Being accused of shoplifting can be all kinds of things: embarrassing, scary, frustrating, insulting, confusing. No matter what you feel, though, you absolutely need to take the situation seriously.

Why? Because in the state of Texas, charges can carry hefty fines and jail time depending on the specific circumstances.

This may be difficult, but the most important thing anyone can do in this situation is to remain calm and remember their rights.

This post outlines some of those rights and offers examples of what you can do if you suddenly find yourself accused.

Defining “Shoplifting” in Texas

Shoplifting in our state falls under the broader category of “theft.” According to Texas Penal Code, theft is defined as taking property [...]

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 [...]

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