Taking Property Without Consent Can Result In Theft Charges
Theft occurs when a person unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. Put simply, under Texas law you commit theft if you take property that does not belong to you without consent from the property owner or if you do not intend to return it.
If you are facing theft charges, get legal help from the experienced team of criminal defense attorneys at Peter & Lanzillo, PLLC, based in Plano. A skilled lawyer is essential to obtaining your best possible outcome.
Penalties For Theft Vary Based On Property Value
Law enforcement bases the punitive penalties for theft charges off the fair market value of the item allegedly stolen. When the fair market value cannot be determined, your punishment is based off the cost of replacement. Charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor up to a first-degree felony.
We help clients fight common theft charges, including:
- Auto theft
- Credit card theft
- Gun theft
- Identity theft
- Receiving stolen property
Theft cases can arise from a simple misunderstanding, but maintaining your innocence even when the accusations are glaringly false can be a challenge. The prosecution and the judge are not on your side, and will not have any sympathy for you or the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft.
Fight The Charge With Our Help
A criminal theft charge is a steep price to pay for a misunderstanding. You need help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Call 972-914-9601 or reach us online to schedule an appointment at our Plano office. We help clients throughout Collin County, Dallas County and Tarrant County fight theft charges.