What Are the Different Degrees of Theft?

By Jeff Kennedy

What Are the Different Degrees of Theft?

In Texas, the crime of theft may be tried as either a misdemeanor or a felony crime. What ultimately makes the difference as to whether or not theft is a felony or a misdemeanor is the value of the stolen property.  

Read on to learn more about the different degrees of theft are in the Texas criminal justice system. For help with your unique case, reach out to a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer.

The Value of Property Increases the Seriousness of Theft Charges

Theft, as most know, relates to stealing the possessions of another person. It also could be understood as depriving someone of their property without a legal reason to do so, and without the intention of returning it to them. 

Same as it works with other crimes—drug possession being one example—it’s ultimately the value of the stolen property that decides the severity of theft charges in Texas. 

For example, stealing property worth less than $50 is a Class C misdemeanor carrying no possible prison time, and only a small fine. In fact, stealing property up to $1,500 in value is still considered misdemeanor territory (though a Class A misdemeanor can still saddle you with a year in jail.) 

As the value of stolen property moves beyond $1,500, the crime is considered a felony and the punishments harshen accordingly. The strictest punishment that can be meted out is for first-degree felony theft of property worth $200,000 or more—at this level, you can be charged with between five and ninety-nine years in prison. 

Contact a Theft Lawyer in Fort Worth 

When you’re facing charges for the serious crime of theft, you need a lawyer who will work diligently to clear your name. An experienced theft crime attorney from The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can provide the robust legal defense you need. 

Call 817-605-1010 or fill out the form below to reach out to a lawyer from our firm today.


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