Charged with Theft in San Antonio?
Talk to a San Antonio theft crime lawyer today!
In the state of Texas, the crime of theft is defined as the act of taking
someone else's property or service without his or her permission.
Theft charges can be prosecuted at either at the misdemeanor or the felony
level, depending on various factors related to the offense. In addition
to being a crime in and of itself, theft is also key element in other
crimes. These offenses are known as "theft crimes." A few examples
include carjacking, burglary, robbery and aggravated robbery. If you are
charged with a theft crime, you could be at risk of receiving penalties
such as jail time, prison time, hefty fines and more. In these types of
situations, you should not try to contest your charges without the help
of a capable legal professional.
Theft of Property or Service
In addition to the traditional concept of theft (taking someone's property
without his or her consent), a person can also be charged with theft for
allegedly taking property that he or she knew was stolen by someone else.
In these types of cases, it does matter that the offender did not directly
take it from the owner. There are many people who are arrested for allegedly
possessing stolen property, or even for allegedly trying to buy or sell
it. When a person commits theft of service, that individual might obtain
access to a service that he or she is not authorized to have, or without
providing payment for that service. Such theft is usually committed through
threat, deception or "false token," according to Texas law.
Penalties for Theft and Theft-Related Crimes
An offense of theft can be considered either a misdemeanor or felony, depending
on the value of the property that was stolen--the higher the value, the
higher the penalties. It is important to note that the penalties for theft
can be enhanced if the offender was a public servant, someone in a contractual
relationship with the government or a Medicare provider. For other theft
crimes, such as
grand theft auto, and
shoplifting, the value of property stolen does not factor into the penalties.
many different kinds of defenses to theft crimes, including:
- That you truly believed you had permission from the property owner or service provider
- That you did not know property was stolen when you acquired it
- That there is just not enough evidence that you committed the alleged theft crime
Call My San Antonio Firm Today!
My law firm, the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, offers excellent legal
representation for individuals who are dealing with all types of criminal
charges, including theft crime charges. Since I am a San Antonio criminal
defense attorney who has also
served as a prosecutor, I bring valuable insight to my client's cases. Read the information
provided below to learn more about how theft crimes are defined and prosecuted
in the state of Texas. When you bring your case to me, I can help you
craft a strong
criminal defense plan that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Contact my firm to get the defense process started!