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Category: Theft Crimes

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 [...]

Apr 25
2016

Fort Worth Mortuary Owner Convicted of Theft

Theft Crimes | White Collar Crimes

On Wednesday September 23, 2015 a Fort Worth jury took all of about an hour to issue a unanimous judgment of “guilty” in the case of one Dondre Johnson, the owner of Johnson Family Mortuary. The guilty verdict was made in relation to two charges of theft against Johnson, who was accused of taking money for services that he never performed.

Mortuary Home Owner Takes Money, Doesn’t Perform Services

According to the jury’s verdict, as well as news reports detailing the case, Mr. Johnson took money from families of deceased victims, yet did not perform the services for which the money was paid. Specifically, Dondre Johnson was accused of taking money on multiple accounts for multiple (and unrelated) cremation requests. [...]

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