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Fort Worth Theft Lawyer

An accusation of stealing someone’s property can ruin your future and land you in prison. Clear your name with help from a Fort Worth theft attorney.

It can be surprisingly easy to get charged with theft in Texas. Some cases are based on a misunderstanding between the parties involved, while others involve mistaken accusations.

Unfortunately, proving your innocence or getting the charge dismissed can be a difficult undertaking, and you can’t expect the prosecutor or judge to have any sympathy for your situation—even if the case against you is blatantly flawed.

Beating charges for stealing requires experienced legal counsel, which is why it’s a wise decision to work with a Fort Worth theft lawyer from the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy. Whether you’ve been accused of stealing personal property or of shoplifting, we can develop a defense that is comprehensive and convincing.

Getting Charged with Theft in Texas

Theft is a serious crime to be charged with, and state law recognizes a number of ways in which it can occur. The most common form involves one person intentionally taking the personal property of another. If violence or threats were involved, this could instead be charged as robbery.

It’s also possible to be charged with theft if you purchase property that you know to be stolen. This can be difficult for the prosecution to prove and often involves circumstantial evidence, however.

It’s even possible to be charged with theft if you don’t perform an action that proves a piece of property you received or purchased wasn’t stolen. This is usually necessary in cases where the property in question is of dubious provenance, such as a gun with filed-off serial numbers.

Penalties for Theft and Shoplifting: What’s at Risk

Legal penalties for theft vary widely and depend on what the value of the alleged stolen property is. This valuation is based on what’s considered to be the “fair market value,” which might be difficult to establish.

When the fair market value isn’t clear, the punishment you face will instead be based on what it costs your accuser to replace the property in question.

Your Fort Worth theft lawyer can determine what punishments you face, but these are the general guidelines followed by Texas:

  • Property Worth $99 or Less – Class C misdemeanor, fine up to $500
  • Property Worth $100 to $749 – Class B misdemeanor, jail sentence up to 180 days, fine up to $2,000
  • Property Worth $750 to $2,499 – Class A misdemeanor, jail sentence up to one year, fine up to $4,000
  • Property Worth $2,500 to $29,999 – State jail felony, jail sentence between 180 days and two years, fine up to $10,000
  • Property Worth $30,000 to $149,999 – Third-degree felony, prison sentence between two and ten years, fine up to $10,000
  • Property Worth $150,000 to $299,999 – Second-degree felony, prison sentence between two and twenty years, fine up to $10,000
  • Property Worth $300,000 or More – First-degree felony, prison sentence between five and ninety-nine years, fine up to $10,000

Any prior convictions for theft can also increase the severity of your potential sentence. For example, one prior theft conviction can increase a charge that would normally be prosecuted as a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor instead.

Texas Law and Shoplifting

Shoplifting, sometimes called “retail theft,” can be surprisingly easy to get charged with. Shoplifting charges can be pressed even if you simply forgot to pay for something. It might even be that a clerk made an error in failing to ring something up or price something correctly—and you wound up with a criminal charge!

In general, the penalties for shoplifting follow the same formula as those for normal theft. Shoplifting charges are different, however, in that state law allows the retailer accusing you to recover their costs through a civil penalty.

For adults, the retailer can pursue up to $1,000 in damages from you. If your child gets convicted of shoplifting, then the retailer has the right to pursue up to $5,000 in damages.

These are steep prices to pay for what could easily be a misunderstanding or honest mistake. Working with a Fort Worth shoplifting lawyer from our firm will give you the best chance for avoiding these penalties.

The Defense You Need for Your Theft Case

Whether your theft charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, you don’t want to make the mistake of foregoing legal representation or settling for the public defender. Only an experienced theft attorney can provide you with the personal attention and support your case needs in order to win a dismissal or acquittal.

As mentioned, theft and shoplifting accusations often arise from simple mistakes and miscommunications. If you didn’t intend to steal the property, we can help you prove it.

In some cases, surveillance footage might work in your favor. In others, the footage might be of such poor resolution that it fails to adequately prove the prosecution’s case.

In situations where you’re accused of failing to take an action that proves you didn’t knowingly accept stolen property, we can help you demonstrate the property’s origin or prove how the seller tricked you into believing that the property’s origin wasn’t in doubt.

Connect with a Shoplifting Attorney in Fort Worth

The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy has a proven history of helping clients defeat accusations of theft and shoplifting. No matter how strong the case against you is, we can collect the evidence needed to build a powerful case that could clear your name.

And if you do win an acquittal or dismissal, we can also help you with getting the record of the theft arrest expunged from your record. Criminal records are publicly available information, so it’s critical to make certain that yours is as clean as possible.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Fort Worth theft lawyer. To get started, just complete the form below or call us at 817-605-1010.

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