Theft and Theft-Related Crimes

Texas prosecutors take theft charges very seriously and a theft conviction can carry harsh penalties.  Furthermore, a theft conviction can have consequences that will significantly impact your future.  Depending on whether you are convicted of a felony theft or misdemeanor theft you could a face a fine, jail time, or a harsh prison sentence .

Individuals with theft convictions have a hard time getting jobs, certain types of licenses, and memberships.  Most employers do not want to risk hiring an individual with a theft conviction because they fear that the individual will steal from them.  A theft conviction can also impact your ability to get a professional license and membership into certain associations.  Bottom line, a theft conviction can have a very negative impact on your life. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer can save you money, reduce a sentence, negotiate a plea, or have a case thrown out.

Lubbock Criminal Attorney Cynthia Mendoza Can Help

For the above reasons, it is crucial that you contact Lubbock criminal defense lawyer Cynthia Mendoza if you are facing theft charges.  She understands the effects that a theft conviction will have on your future.  She will thoroughly investigate the allegations against you and determine whether the evidence against you is credible.  She will then create a defense for the best possible outcome for your case.  Cynthia Mendoza can help you with your theft case, call her now at 806-781-2624.

Theft-Related Charges

There are many theft-related charges.  Some of them include shoplifting, writing bad checks, general theft, and fraud.  Other charges that are related to theft are credit card theft, credit card abuse, forgery, and robbery.  Although this is not a complete list, it does contain the most common thefts prosecuted.

Penalties/Punishments

Theft charges are classified as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the value of the property taken.  Punishments can range from severe prison sentences to shorter county jail sentences to probation in some cases.

  • If the value of the property taken is less than $50.00, you may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor with the punishment generally being a fine.
  • If the value of the property taken is $50 or more but less than $500, you may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor with the punishment range being up to 180 days in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000.
  • If the value of the property taken is $500 or more but less than $1,500, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor with the punishment range being up to 365 days in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000.
  • If the value of the property taken is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, you may be charged with a state jail felony with the punishment range being from 6 months to two years’ incarceration in a state jail and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • If the value of the property taken is $20,000 or more but less than $100,000, you may be charged with a third degree felony with the punishment range being from 2 to 10 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • If the value of the property taken is $100,000 or more but less than $200,000, you may be charged with a second degree felony with the punishment range being from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • If the value of the property taken is $200,000 or more, you may be charged with a first degree felony with the punishment range being from 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Increased Punishment If You Have a Prior Theft Conviction

If you are charged with a Class C misdemeanor theft AND you have a prior theft conviction, your Class C charge may be increased to a Class B misdemeanor.  If you are charged with a Class B misdemeanor theft AND you have a prior theft conviction, your Class B charge may be increased to a Class A misdemeanor.  If you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor theft charge AND you have two prior theft convictions, your Class A charge may be increased to a state jail felony.

Cynthia Mendoza Can Help

Lubbock criminal defense lawyer Cynthia Mendoza has helped many clients charged with misdemeanor and felony theft cases.  If you are facing these charges, she can help you.  Please contact the Law Office of Cynthia Mendoza today at 806-781-2624 for a free consultation or send an online message describing your situation.