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Category: Theft Crimes

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 [...]

Apr 22
2018

How Serious are the Penalties for Theft in Texas?

Theft Crimes

 

Theft is one of the most common property crimes, but nevertheless is taken very seriously in the state of Texas. Even minor offenses can result in lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and additional civil penalties. Moreover, you’ll be left with a criminal record that will come back to haunt you long after any sentence is complete.

Below, we’re going to take a look at precisely how serious the penalties for theft are in Texas – and how to beat your charges once you know what you’re up against.

How Texas Law Defines Theft

Texas law defines theft as taking property, services, or anything of value with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Selling or receiving [...]

Mar 16
2018

Theft Defense Strategies: How to Fight Back against Texas Charges

Theft Crimes

If you are facing theft charges in Texas, there are many defenses a qualified attorney may be able to use to fight your charges. In this post, we’ll detail the various strategies that may work in your case.

Texas Theft Charge Defenses

Theft is defined by Texas law as permanently depriving someone of the possession of property without express permission.

Here are several defenses that may work, depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

Honest Mistake

If you honestly believed that the property belonged to you at the time the incident occurred, and you can provide evidence proving your case, this defense may work for you.

This may work if you borrowed the item but forgot to return it. [...]

Sep 20
2017

When Can You be Charged with Theft in Texas?

Theft Crimes

In the aftermath of Harvey, police are on the lookout for looters and all other kinds of crimes. Law enforcement officials have learned since Hurricane Katrina that natural disasters lead to increased theft, and they are cracking down hard on theft crimes in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Case-in-point: more than 40 people have been arrested in Harris County for looting since the hurricane struck. Worse, if theft, robbery, burglary, or assault occur in a Texas county declared a disaster area by the governor, penalties are greatly increased. Some looters may face up to life in prison for a burglary charge, so it’s important to understand what qualifies as theft, the penalties associated with it, and the possible defenses you [...]

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