Were you arrested for theft in Fort Worth, Texas? Theft is the most common criminal offense that is prosecuted in Tarrant County criminal courts. Said offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the value of the property. If you were arrested for theft, you need to consult with a highly skilled Fort Worth criminal defense attorney immediately. The reason for this is that time is undoubtedly of the essence. Meaning, the earlier an allegation can be investigated, the more likely exculpatory evidence like eyewitnesses and video footage can be recovered. Moreover, the District Attorney’s Office likes to proceed to criminal prosecution quickly. Many misdemeanor cases reach trial in as little as 60 to 90 days. As such, it is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible to allow a comprehensive and thorough preparation of your case. Finally, the earlier you are able to negotiate with the District Attorney’s Office, the better. The prosecutor is more amenable to a favorable plea bargain or diversion if you present a compelling argument early on.
Importantly, I used to be an Assistant District Attorney in Tarrant County. As a result, I experienced first-hand how the District Attorney’s Office operates, including how the prosecutors evaluate cases for diversion or plea consideration, how evidence is gathered, and common prosecution theories used in theft cases. When I opened my boutique criminal defense firm, the Fulgham Law Firm, I combined my knowledge of criminal litigation and court practices with my passion for criminal justice. It is my goal in each and every case to fully devote myself to meeting a client’s goals by fighting for their best interests and rights. If you were charged with theft in Fort Worth, you could go the easy route and use court-appointed counsel. Court-appointed counsel are often over-burdened and lack crucial legal resources. In addition, the court often orders that clients make payments to the court to repay the costs of court-appointed counsel. With the Fulgham Law Firm, you can rest assured that I am thinking critically about the facts, devoting my full attention to your case, and tailoring my representation to your goals and needs. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your theft case further, call the Fulgham Law Firm at (817) 886-3078 today.
Types of Thefts in Fort Worth
Texas Penal Code §31.03 governs theft, which is defined as the unlawful taking of another’s property. Keep in mind that taking someone else’s belongings becomes unlawful when one intends to deprive the rightful owner of their belongings.
Theft is known as a property crime and comes in many different formats. Common types of theft include:
- Grand theft
- Grand theft auto
Penalties for Theft
Theft can be a Texas misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the property that was taken. Misdemeanors in Texas are punishable anywhere from just a fine to up to one year in Tarrant County Jail. Felonies in Texas are punishable anywhere from two years to life in prison.
- Theft under $100: Class C misdemeanor
- Theft between $100 and $750: Class B misdemeanor
- Theft between $750 and $2,500: Class A misdemeanor
- Theft between $2,500 and $30,000: State jail felony
- Theft between $30,000 and $150,000: Third degree felony
- Theft between $150,000 and $300,000: Second degree felony
- Theft over $300,000: First degree felony
Defenses to Theft
The defense available for your case will depend on the unique facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest. However, common defenses to theft include:
- Accident or mistake
- Lack of intent to deprive
- Item was paid for
- Item belongs to you
- Mistaken identity
Contact a Skilled Fort Worth Theft Defense Lawyer Today about Your Case!
At the Fulgham Law Firm, you will find a boutique Fort Worth criminal defense practice focused on passionately and aggressively defending the accused. Whether you were wrongfully arrested or simply made a mistake, the Fulgham Law Firm can assist you with fighting accusations of theft. Call (817) 886-3078 today to learn more about your legal options.