Theft Charges in Denton, Cooke, Collin & Wise Counties
The way Texas law stipulates Theft, charges can be issued and an arrest carried out anytime an individual claims another individual took their property without permission or paying or intending to pay for it. There is much gray area here as “property” can include everything from identity to pets. Many times when individuals are in a dispute (a breakup for example), allegations of theft can arise as a way to vent hurt feelings. The legal consequences of such allegations, if not properly prepared for, can be devastating – even if no such theft was intended or ever took place.
If you or a family member are currently facing theft charges in the state of Texas, the best thing you can do is seek out a qualified and experienced criminal defense team. The law is too complex, the types of cases too varied, and the potential penalties far too severe to leave your future up to whatever public defender you are assigned. Bruce Isaacks has years of experience, in and out of the courtroom, providing criminal defense and legal counsel to those facing theft charges of all kind including burglary, larceny, robbery, embezzlement, fraud, possession of stolen goods and other serious felonies in the Denton and greater North Texas area. Call to discuss your case today!
The Penalties for Theft in Texas
According to Texas State Statutes, the punishments for theft are determined by the value of the objects or property that were taken. Sentencing, therefore, is based upon monetary amounts as follows:
- Class C Misdemeanor Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $1 and $50.
- Class B Misdemeanor Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $50 and $500.
- Class A Misdemeanor Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $500 and $1500.
- State Jail Felony – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $1,500 and $20,000.
- Third-Degree Felony Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $20,000 and $100,000.
- Second-Degree Felony Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is between $100,000 and $200,000.
- First-Degree Felony Theft – involves cases where the total amount of property stolen is over $200,000.
Defending Against Theft Charges
Theft has become much more complex with the advent of the internet, ecommerce, credit cards, and opportunities for deception with merchants and service providers via modern forms of payment. The more involved the charges, the longer trials and investigations last. With Texas State prosecutors pursuing more theft cases involving identity, health care, and mortgage fraud – where convictions are pursued extremely vigorously – you must seek qualified and experienced legal representation as soon as possible, if you or a loved one stands accused of theft.
You need experience, grit, and a firm understanding of the evolving laws and regulations involving theft, deception, and internet commerce if you hope to emerge from your day in court with the best possible outcome for your case. Bruce Isaacks is Board Certified, Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a practicing Criminal Defense Attorney in Denton, TX and a Former District Attorney who will go to work for you. Bruce has spent years aggressively defending the rights of clients facing all kinds of Criminal Theft, Fraud, and Deception charges in Denton, TX and the surrounding area. He has the legal expertise, drive, and understanding of the North Texas court system needed to get you the best possible outcome – no matter how complex your theft case is.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your case or are in need of legal representation, please give the Law Offices of Bruce Isaacks a call today. It’s absolutely vital you secure a defense team as soon as possible to give you your best chance at a positive outcome. So reach out to us today, we’re standing by ready to take your call.