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Theft Crime Attorney in Houston

Defense for Larceny & Burglary Charges

Theft crimes take many forms, and what may seem like a simple act of shoplifting could quickly be elevated to a more serious offense under certain circumstances. While many people consider theft a “less serious” crime, it can have a drastic impact on your future. Samuel M. Gardner is a theft crime & burglary defense attorney in Houston who works hard to protect his clients' from the consequences of a theft conviction. He is well-versed in Texas Law and can help you understand what penalties you could face if convicted, as well as what you can do to prevent them.

Call his office today at (713) 448-0303 to start discussing your case with an experienced theft crimes defense lawyer

Types of Theft-Related Offenses

Theft, also known as larceny, can be performed a number of different ways. While most people are familiar with the traditional definition of stealing someone’s property, you could also be charged with theft if you knowingly obtain property that was stolen by someone else. Additionally, Texas has laws that could hold a seller responsible for theft if they cannot prove the item they sold was not stolen.

Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the stolen property:

  • Stealing property valued $50 or less is a Class C misdemeanor
  • Between $50 and $500 is a Class B misdemeanor
  • Between $500 and $1,500 is a Class A misdemeanor
  • Between $1,500 and $20,000 is a state jail felony
  • Between $20,000 and $100,000 is a third degree felony
  • Between $100,000 and $200,000 is a second degree felony
  • Stolen property valued over $200,000 is a first degree felony

Penalties for misdemeanor theft usually include a fine and sometimes minor jail time (no more than a year). A state felony theft can result in up to two years in state jail, while just a third degree felony can carry a ten year prison sentence.

Should I Accept a Plea Deal?

Prosecutors will often offer criminal defendants a plea deal where they agree to reduce penalties if the defendant agrees to plead guilty. While a misdemeanor does not usually involve jail time, the permanent mark it leaves on your criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, which is why it is still important to have a skilled Houston theft lawyer representing you.

Samuel M. Gardner Attorney ensures his clients understand the consequences of a conviction as he helps them plan their strategy. He can help you determine if a plea deal is the best option for your case, or if there is a strong possibility of obtaining a not guilty verdict. With your future at stake, it is always better to go into court well-informed and prepared.

Call the office today at (713) 448-0303 to set up a consultation with a proven Houston theft crime attorney.


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