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Houston Misdemeanor Theft Attorney

Is it Worth Fighting a Misdemeanor Theft Charge?

Under Texas laws all offenses involving theft are taken seriously. Even a misdemeanor on your record can lead to an unclean background check, tarnished reputation, and difficulty finding employment. A person may also have a civil lawsuit filed against him or her for the theft so that the victim may be compensated for the lost value.

Houston theft lawyer Samuel M. Gardner can go over your options for defense in a misdemeanor change. It may be possible to have the charges against you reduced or thrown out completely. Call (713) 448-0303 today schedule a consultation.

What is the Definition of Theft in Law?

Theft is defined as taking of property from someone without expectation to return it to them. There are two elements to theft: 1) taking another's property and 2) the intention of taking the property permanently.

Is Theft a Felony?

Any amount above $1,500 is considered a felony in the state of Texas. All misdemeanors will remain on your permanent record unless legally expunged. Subsequent convictions may lead to a higher class of misdemeanor regardless of property valuation.

Misdemeanor Theft in Texas

As a criminal offense, a misdemeanor theft includes three different classes, the most grievous of which involves stolen items up to the amount of $1,500 in fair market value. The state classifies misdemeanor thefts in this way.

  • Class A misdemeanor – Stolen property ranges in value from $500 to $1,500. Maximum sentencing could include up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
  • Class B misdemeanor – Stolen property ranges in value from $50 to $500 and/or stolen ID cards. Maximum sentencing for a class B misdemeanor will not exceed 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000 or both.
  • Class C misdemeanor – Stolen property is less than $50, and the sentence could involve as much as a $500 fine but no jail time.

Representing Clients Accused of Misdemeanor Theft

If you have been wrongfully charged with theft, you likely feel betrayed and scared. You will need a qualified lawyer who has experience fighting theft charges in the state of Texas and the court system in which you will be tried. Mr. Gardner has experience getting theft cases completely dismissed in Texas. Every case is different, and proper legal representation will ensure that your case is presented in the most accurate way possible.

For a free consultation, call (713) 448-0303 to speak with our Houston misdemeanor theft attorney today.


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