According to the
Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03, theft occurs when a person deprives an owner of their property. The aspects
of this case which make the act unlawful are that the property was taken
without the owner's consent and they did not have any intention of
returning the property to the owner. When our client came to us for help,
they were facing misdemeanor theft charges.
In Texas, there are three levels of misdemeanors. For accusations of stealing
less than $50 worth of items, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor.
If you have been accused of stealing between $50 and $500, it is a Class
B misdemeanor and if you were accused of stealing property valued between
$500 and $1,500, it is a Class A misdemeanor. Our client could have been
facing harsh penalties if they had been convicted of
theft, but we were able to get their case dismissed!