In Texas theft is unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner. This includes a variety of offenses including a common occurrence such as bouncing a check. It can also be petty theft or shoplifting. It can be larger items and value as well, and the Statute categorizes the offenses with a certain punishment range depending on the charge.
Many times theft stems from poor judgment. Sometimes it is a desperate need for survival. Others it is mental condition that needs to be address medically.
Some of the most common theft crimes are as follows:
- Theft by check
- Employee theft
- Fiduciary Misapplication
- Theft of service
- Money laundering
Theft ranges from the amount of 1 cent to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Quite a bit of the petty theft cases I see from Austin are taking place at department stores. Theft is a crime of Moral Turpitude. This is a terrible crime to have on ones record for future employers to see. It will also make a person disqualified from jury service. Its best to be avoided, but mistakes do happen with a lapse in judgment.
Be sure and call criminal defense attorney Eric Torberson to discuss how to recover and move on to a successful future after being accused of theft. Don’t let theft give you a permanent criminal record and ruin your future.